Let’s start with the ugly: the humidity! Wow, it may have only been 73 at the start but the humidity was kicking! I feel bad for the waves behind us because they got the humidity AND heat!
The ugly: my time was a minute slower than last year.
But the good! The good is that was my first sub 9 minute pace run between six and eight miles! I’ve been dying to get below 9 for a long time! I’ve only dipped below 9 once in the past 365 days and that was in January when it was cool. Ironically the last time before that was today’s race, but last year!
Well have a great Fourth of July! We’re off to Stone Mountain!…
I had to take the ride of shame 40 miles into the 56 mile bike ride today.
Let me rephrase, after thinking about it, I chose to take the rid of shame. I started getting “foggy” and caught myself drifting into the other lane.
Looking back at it, I really think I could’ve finished. The problem was it was 100+, 12:15, and with 16 miles to go, I would’ve been out another hour at least. You can to ask yourself, do you finish ans risk an injury setback or do you play itself and look at the long term goal? My answer was play it safe and live to do it again. I’m not a PR or ER (personal record or emergency room) type of person.
Looking back, this all started yesterday. First, I had a poor breakfast to eat. Second. I skipped lunch because the breakfast was so big. Finally, I ruined it by drinking a big old 32 oz soda, ribeye sandwich, and fries for dinner. I should have concentrated on eating properly for such a big day of training. Afterall, I was going to practically do the entire half ironman. Instead, a lost focus and blew it…
And to help you not make the same mistake I made, here’s another article on training in the heat.
It’s hot everywhere so here’s some info from USA Triathlon for racing and training in the heat.
Wow! Totally underestimated the effects of the heat today!
I was supposed to run four miles today and managed to finish it. However, it was horrible! I can’t believe how unconditioned I am for 90+ temps!
I guess its good that I get used to it for my trip to Tallahassee and the Peachtree Road Race the next week!
Well, I ended up walking a couple minutes after succumbing to the heat at 3 miles. The car thermometer read under 90, but the rest of the thermometers were reading 93 or more.
It’s all about conditioning right? I haven’t felt this challenged in workouts in a long time. That’s a good thing!
Have a great weekend and be safe!