This week ended with just under 8 hours of training; just under 22 miles ran, just under 40 miles ridden and just under 3k swam.
It was a BADASS week. I discovered the following:
- I can gain a lot of speed in my flipturns
- I can ride 18-19 mph average on 5 hours of sleep
- I can now run in zone 1/2 at a sub-11 pace
|Doesn't this look like |
WHY 4:48, YOU ASK?
I'm glad you did.
6:48 was my very first marathon time, and I'd really like this to be the year I can say: I've taken two HOURS off my marathon time since 2007.
Still, I'll be SUPER HAPPY with a 5-hour marathon, especially considering 5:35 is my best so far. 5 hours would still be an hour and 48 minutes less than my first marathon.
HERE'S SOME STUFF that I am loving right now that makes all this badassery possible.
Cytomax Pom Berry. None of the belly-upsetting over-sweeteness of Gatorade/Powerade, and a flavor that is not too strong and nothing like your standard lime/lemon/orange/blue drinks.
MetaSalts. Necessary in the Florida heat/humidity. The only thing I don't like here is you take 2 at a whack, unlike Salt Stick (a serving of Salt Stick is 1 pill). I still ADORE CarboPro (this company's main product) for LONG LONG training (100 mile rides, Iron distance weeks), but I may switch back to Salt Stick so I have to carry less on marathon day.
Clandestino Banana Bars. 120 calories of dark-chocolate-coated-banana deliciousness. Seriously, that's all that's in them - bananas and chocolate. They pack a nice little potassium and sugar punch, they are WAY more delicious than GU or chews, and you can eat half of one and jam the rest back inside the little foil wrapper for later.
Secret deoderant (really any of the invisible solids, but Flawless Renewal or 48-Hour Outlast in particular.) Did you know you could use deoderant as Body Glide? I am sure there are some sensitive-skinned out there who can't, but I sure can. It's half the price, you can find it anywhere, and - BONUS - it makes you smell better too!
RunKeeper - www.runkeeper.com I live in a mid-rise building with a concrete parking garage. If I waited for my Timex Global Trainer to grab satellites every day, my runs would be an extra hour each. I back it up using the RunKeeper app on my phone, which I have to have for safety purposes, and then I have more detailed data about heart rate on my Timex.
|Bike:||2h 08m - 39.29 Mi|
|Run:||2h 45m 25s - 14.24 Mi|
|Swim:||59m 26s - 2700 Yd|
This is how I finished out July:
|Bike:||7h 37m 41s - 133.5 Mi|
|Run:||7h 40m 53s - 40.57 Mi|
|Swim:||6h 31m 42s - 16950 Yd|
|Walking:||3h 00m |