Oh, and of course....a little thing called IronMan training is also in progress. And except for constantly complaining, tired legs it's going well, but again...time consuming. Last weekend I spent about 12 hours training. The weekend before that wasn't much shorter. And don't even ask about this weekend. Oh, alright....Saturday will be a 2.4 mile OW swim event, followed by 115 miles on the bike, then a quick :15 run off the bike. Sunday will be 2:50 of running. 2 hours 50 minutes. So basically I'm just a couple hours shy of a full Ironman for the weekend. One. Day. At. A. Time.
And since I'm not writing much, here are some pics to distract you. (****All photos courtesy of Molly!****)
I rode with Molly, her husband Jeff, and their friend George up a couple of mountains. Think I'm kidding? Luckily it was *mostly* shady. And although I might have been swearing a storm up some of the climbs, it feels good to have tackled it. And to know that Canada has roughly HALF as much climbing.
|See...I told you there were two mountains.|
|The scenery was beautiful...and there were some nice shady parts.|
|George, Molly, moi (with a bottle growing out of my butt).|
|Ahhhh....shade. Too bad it's on a climb.|
|Molly's transition. My transition. BFFs for the day.|
|Did I mention the climbing? I think George was attached to my hip. |
Not that my 1mph pace was giving him much of a draft.
I arrived home at 11pm on Friday from 2 days of meetings on the east coast. 12 hours of travel on Wednesday, all day meeting on Thursday, all day meeting on Friday plus travel home. Ouch. I tried not to be too crabby when meeting up with Molly, George, and Nigel on Saturday morning at 7:40-ish. We were doing a route close to my house (bless you Molly for that), so I didn't have to get up *quite* at dawn, altho I was running late. We headed out one of my 'well-worn' routes, and then onto some roads I haven't ridden in quite a while, then continued on to a road I've never ridden. Again, I'll just distract you with the pics.
|Climbing...but almost entirely downhill on the way back.|
Like, roughly 40 min negative split downhill.
|First pit stop to get water. I think I'm toasting with my Perform.|
IM training makes you do crazy stuff.
|Some flat road before hitting the climb.|
|Pretty, but in a very different way than last week. Very dry.|
|Starting a climb.|
|Yep, we're going up *there*.|
|Moi, George, Molly and Nigel at the turn around pit stop. |
I think my bike weighs about 10 pounds more after filling all the bottles.
|Heading back home....I think....|
|Proof of not being crabby...or at least faking it well.|
And after that big day on Saturday, I slept in slightly on Sunday and then climbed back in the saddle for 2-1/2 hours. Then I followed that up with 1-1/2 hours of running. Maybe you can see why my legs are less than thrilled with me?
BUT.....only a few more (big) days in this build cycle, rest for a week, have another big week, then we TAPER! Which means Canada is rapidly approaching....*gulp*.