I basically did an Ironman over the course of this weekend. Hence the lack of blog posts for it as well. I trained 12 hours in two days, with the following results: SATURDAY
-- 112 miles on the bike in almost exactly six hours. Rode from Pepperdine University to Simi Valley and back, with detours in Camarillo. Climbed about 3,500 feet total.
-- Ran five miles in 45 minutes immediately following the bike. Legs felt pretty decent after the first mile.
-- Did both by myself, which helped lock me in mentally since I'll have to do the same come race day. Yes, it was a little lonely out there, especially when it started raining unexpectedly in Moorpark. But I got through it. And G-d has a sense of humor, too. When the rain drops came first came down, I shouted out to nothing in particular, "Bring it!" And the rain immediately stopped. I thought I had won that little battle with Mother Nature. Nope! Mile 111 found me facing a huge hill at the Malibu Creek Shopping Center to get back to Pepperdine, with a stiff head-wind, and only a minute to spare to hit my goal of 6:00:00. The wind picked up, my pace dropped back, and I finished with 6:01:01. Mother Nature 1, Ryan 0.
Before moving on to Sunday, I should note that for the first time I can remember, hunger woke me up in the middle of the night. I literally had to make myself a peanut butter sandwich at 3:30 a.m. to get back to sleep. That was after drinking a fully loaded protein shake at 11 p.m. Fortunately, I only lost one pound last night despite the massive amount of calories I burned.
-- Ran 13.1 miles in almost 2:30:00, covering just about 1,300 feet of elevation in 80+ degree heat. I really started to feel it bad towards the end of the run. I fell short on liquids and had to dog the last two miles without any. At that point it was around noon, the heat of the day. Big mistake. But once again, I got through it. Clearly, my long distance pace right now on rough training weekends is around 9:30/mile. That was my moving pace today and roughly the pace after yesterday's bike ride.
-- Swam 4,000 yards (500 short of three miles) in 1:25:00 (roughly). This workout absolutely shattered me. Of course, it was the cumulative effect of the weekend but it really took all I had to get through it at Calabasas Swim & Tennis Center. I thought about quitting several times in the workout. I was tired, irritable, lonely and my feet were cramping every 500 yards. I knew I'd be even more upset if I didn't finish the full workout, so I pushed through. The quality of the session wasn't very good but I truly did my best, pacing myself accordingly.
Total damage from the past week: 18 hours, 20 minutes. Total scheduled was 19:20 but with missing 10 minutes here or there I fell just an hour short of the overall goal. I feel fine about that since my Training Peaks workouts are mostly colored green, meaning I did the vast majority of the work.
And if anyone wants to tell me that swimming close to three miles, biking the full Ironman distance and running 18 miles total doesn't count as a strong weekend of training, then y'all can kiss my butt.
And with that, I bid you good night. I got some resting to do.