Posted by: riles46 | August 22, 2011

Been a long time…..

So updating this website sort of fell by the wayside over the summer due to studying for the CPA exam and other non-triathlon related things.  Since my last post (which was over 2 months ago…) I’ve had at least four flats, bought a new bike, crashed said bike, done a half iron distance race, and had an altercation with a driver on a bike ride.

The half iron race went well, aside from the run.  Splits were 35:50 for the swim, around 2 hrs 50 min for the bike, and 2 hrs 27 min for the run (results are available online for anyone who’s interested).  The run was really brutal.  It was around 95 degrees plus the heat index during the middle of the day, I was worried I wasn’t going to finish.  I felt like the heat got to me more mentally than anything, and because of that I didn’t push myself as hard on the run as I should have.  Under better conditions I probably could’ve done the run in around 2 hours, maybe less if I was feeling really good.

The biggest takeaway I had from the half iron race was that I definitely needed to focus more on my running and to include more “brick” workouts in my training (“brick” workouts are where you bike and then run immediately after to get used to the transition from biking to running that happens during a race).  Since the half iron race I’ve tried to make every bike workout a brick workout.  Even if I only run for 10 minutes after, it’s important to get used to transition from bike to run because it’s such an odd feeling.

Today was one of the more interesting workouts I’ve had, since it involved a minor altercation with a driver while I was biking.  Towards the end of my 30 mile ride I swerved to avoid a pothole in the road and a car behind me honked and the driver shook his head as he drove past.  For some reason I was feeling a little “punchy,” and made an obscene gesture as he drove by.  As a result he slowed down and started yelling at me from his car.  I yelled back, and eventually he drove off in a fury while I almost crashed (again) in frustration.  I was probably wrong for what I did, but most drivers don’t realize they need to share the road better; I’ve almost been clipped by drivers too many times!

Hopefully I’ll be able to get in a long ride this week to see how my new aero bars feel on a longer ride.  They felt really nice today on the shorter ride and I felt really good coming off the bike going into my run.  I’m going to try and give more updates  a little more regularly now that I have more time and with the race fast approaching.





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