This comes from a long day in the saddle on Saturday when I went over to Dave’s house and got set up on his computrainer. I set everything up just like race day will be and started plugging away at the 1st of 2 loops but only planning on doing the 1 loop. Inside Dave’s garage it was getting a little warm, although out of the direct sunlight I timed my bottle refills and bathroom breaks with the actually course and only stopped where there were such things. I did have to stop a couple of extra times and mess with the damn seat again as it was totally uncomfortable and giving me problems! I don’t think I ever got it 100% but it stop bothering me for short periods of time and I was able to “deal” with it.
As I cranked through the 25-40 miles where the Hills are for this course my avg. speed dropped as expected and by the time the last 15 miles came I was ready to crank it back up but kept my HR where it should be and finished the 56 miles at 3 hrs 33 mins. I decided I should keep going as Dave as not back from his ride so I restarted the trainer and away I went for the 2nd lap. Dave showed up when I was around mile 68 by which time I had started up the tv with the Tour de France of Lance winning #7 and was just cranking away. We chatted a bit and he went inside to do what he had to do. By this time I was ready to feel what I was going to feel like come the Hills and soon I was finding out! As I went into the just pedal and watch tv zone I really began to get tired but next thing I knew I was out of the hills and heading back into town.
The last 15 miles are pretty flat with mild down grade and I was ready to get off the bike as I was out of Gatorade and my seat was still bothering me! So the end of the 2nd loop, time: 3:45 mins. Total 112 miles = 7:18 of Actual Moving time, but with seat changes, bathrooms and stretching just cause, it was 7:45.
Thoughts: This course is a little tougher than I was expecting but if the trainer provides a harder bike than I will be more mentally and somewhat physically prepared. I was not looking to be on the bike this long but again if I am than I know not to panic as I will be within all the cutoff times even if I come out of the water 2:18 mins and get on the bike by 9:30am, worst case scenario.
I will make it to the run and from then on it will be just get to the end, so SWTRIGAL I will be looking for you.
But what an accomplishment, 112 MILES ON THE FREAKN` BIKE TRAINER!!!!!!! YEA!!!
I was so tired on Sunday that I didn’t even run, I slept and ate and slept some more. Today I feel better and will look to get some short runs and swimming in as the bike mileage drops out and we get closer!