This week I took off of Crossfit. No particular reason other than the 4th of July was in the middle of the week there and got me off schedule. I kind of treated this like a recovery week. We have had a ridiculous amount of rain here so riding outside has been tough. My next long ride is Saturday which is supposed to be a century. Hoping the storms will hold off for me!
In nutrition news...
I am still trying to hit on something that will work for race day that isn't too far removed from my daily way of eating (the whole no sugar, no grains thing). I tried a product called UCAN a month or so ago and like the way it worked at first; however, the taste is not the best and after a couple of weeks I couldn't even choke it down. I moved on to Infinit from there which actually worked OK but I am not crazy about the sugar content AND not crazy about how that stuff splashes all over my bike from the aero bottle and makes it a sticky mess.
For this weekend's ride, I think I am going to go back to what I did in my last iron distance race and that is a combination of water/Nuun for hydration along with either picky bars or amrita bars and macadamia nuts. Last October I used Bonk Breakers and these bars are similar and I like the ingredient list better. Can you believe my first iron race I fueled with GU gels from start to finish?!?!?! I had every flavor they made and I choked one down every 45 minutes for 13 hours. That is a lot of GU and if I never eat another one it will be too soon. Surprisingly enough, after all that consumption, I actually still used them up until January. For the run leg I am planning on fueling with mostly Huma Gels which I love, love, love (but not enough to eat them for 13 hours... just sayin)!
Run (AM): 20 miles! Boom. Was so glad to get this one checked off. I wasn't feeling great about my distance until this day so there might have been a post-run victory dance when I reached the car. :)
Swim (AM): 2400 meters
Run (AM): 5.2 miles
Run (AM): 6.2 miles
This was the Peachtree Road Race. We were supposed to be in a downpour the whole race but the clouds parted and the weather was actually nice. I know a lot of people (myself included) had course PRs because of it. I managed to pull off a 53:11 which is 4 minutes faster than I have done previously at that race. Color me shocked and amazed!
Bike (PM): 30 miles
|Doesn't it look dreary?|
|The miracle of running into people you know at the start since there are only 60,000 runners in the race!|
Swim (AM): 3500 meters
Bike (PM): 18 miles
Tennis. Again. I feel bad, they keep putting me in the lineup and I keep losing. My game just isn't 'all that' right now... oh well, bigger things on the horizon!
Bike (PM): 30 miles Trainer ride. Nothing but rain happening here lately...
Bike: 15 miles
Run: 18 miles
This workout was a bike sandwich which is actually one of my favorite things. You run 12 miles, then bike 15 and run another 6 miles. Unfortunately, with all the rain we have had here lately, the trail where I planned to have this sandwich was closed due to flooding. It just seemed easier to take this indoors so all the run was done on the treadmill and the bike ride on the trainer. CR says it builds mental strength. I agree :)