Friday, March 25, 2011

Planning for a Big Workout

I have a 7+ hour workout on tap for this weekend. I almost feel superstitious talking about it--because it almost feels like a race, but I think I just need to get over that!

The workout is 1 hours 15 minute swimming, 4 hours on the bike, and a 2 hour run.

I am lucky enough to have two friends that I am training with this time. For Louisville, it was just George crewing me doing the long workout--and that is a hilarious story for another time about me forgetting his birthday while crewing me!

So, two friends means company and help as things come up, which they will when you are outside all day. It means helping you keep perspective when the rain comes. And I literally mean the rain.

rain Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be severe in the morning. Highs 62 to 70. South winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.

It also means doing all of the planning for this day. Because of the temp and those little thunderstorms, we are going to swim inside. That's ok with me, since I only have my old wetsuit! My new TYR one is on the way though!!

Then, we have a bike loop that is about 70 miles. We are going to stop at the grand opening of Podium, because they are supporting Kids 4 Kids. That means we are guaranteed a bathroom and any mechanical support halfway through! That eases my mind some.

We will end at the River. That means we have soft surface, hills on the road nearby, and a car that we will leave before we start. We will have our run gear, food, and drink planted in that car.

Sometimes I think just signing up for a race is easier than trying to plan your own workouts.....but then I want to race, and not train, which are two different things--and very very different things!

I am looking forward to the adventure tomorrow! It should be a great nutrition practice (as long as FedEx leaves my new box of First Endurance goodies), and a chance to see where my fitness is 6 weeks out from.....


  1. sounds like you are ready to roll!!! Have a great weekend!!

  2. See you already have it all planned and ready to rock. Just think, when you are spinning up a big hill at St George you can look back on this day and know that big hill ain't nothin!

  3. I was just emerging from the depths of my dissertation to check in on your life and, as usual, I am blown away. You would think that I'd get used to your superhuman powers. Nope. You are amazing. :) It sounds like you are doing well. You are going to be more than prepared for St. George and you are going to ROCK! It is coming up fast! I wish that I could cheer you on at this IronMan, too, but I will be cheering from afar this time. I can't wait to hear how well you did. :) I miss you!