This morning I was up early to do my bike/run session. I remembered to change all the clocks and watches (didn’t realise how many we had until I started changing the time!) before I went to bed last night as we are now in daylight savings. Then I was off on my 2 hour bike session which took me out along Barton Highway to the Nanima Rd turnoff before returning to Canberra, and then doing a couple of laps around home. So I got a mixture of hills, flats and stretches with no traffic lights.
I gotta say I hate it when I’m slowly pedaling up a long hill when some young, skinny upstart on an all carbon fibre, ‘you beaut, got all the bells and whistles’ bike goes flying by you as if the hill was just a tiny blip on the landscape. Well secretly I am green with envy but jeez, this really makes me feel my age!
Today I made a point of practicing my drinks strategy while on my ride. I have a bad habit of forgetting to drink on longish rides which is not good. During the HIM I need to drink regularly not only for hydration but also for energy and electrolytes not only for the ride but also to prepare for the run afterward. So every 15 minutes I made sure I had a drink – this also ensured I practiced getting my drink bottle out, drinking and putting it back without swerving all over the place or falling off my bike! Have I ever mentioned that I am an A grade klutz?!
I also road tested my new tri suit, which admittedly was under all my layers on the bike leg but it was about 2 degrees when I started out this morning, so it was a bit nippy. The thing with tri knicks is that there is minimal padding, for a reason. After all you can’t really swim wearing regular cycle knicks (water-logging would be an issue!) and I can’t imagine what running in a pair would be like (a nappy perhaps?!). Anyway there was no discernible discomfort on my ride this morning, given the lack of padding.
Once back home, it was off the bike, strip off the outer layers (of which there were a few), and pull on my brand new pink/blue runners with elastic laces. Yep, another new thing to test. Out the door and then I was off doing the CJ shuffle for 6km. Which wasn’t so bad except I couldn’t feel my feet – they were frozen. I managed to pick up the pace for 4 x 30sec although whether anyone else would have been able to tell is debatable! I kept thinking about the banana protein smoothie I was going to have once I finished. Food is a great motivator!
Later today I did a 1.7km swim session. I was in two minds about doing this session because I was tired. However I decided that I would see how I was feeling once I started and if it was all too hard I would back off and do an easy session. The session included 12 x 100m with alternate 100m swum hard with an easy 100m to follow. I was fine so there was no need to ease off.
Before the swim session I had borrowed a friend’s wetsuit hoping it might fit me therefore saving me from having to buy one. I tried it on at home before leaving for the pool just to be sure it fitted okay. Unfortunately it didn’t, it was too big and gaped at the armhole which defeated the purpose of a wetsuit really because I would have taken on water and sunk if I had tried swimming in it! So its off to 2XU tomorrow and hopefully they will have one in my size – mind you, I may need to take out a second mortgage to pay for it!
And the payoff for all this training today? Well, apart from the obvious! To enjoy a delicious meal of roast pork belly, potatoes, pumpkin and beetroot with a side of peas.
One word: delicious
“We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.” - Talmud