Early this morning we headed out for the last brick of our 70.3 training this morning.
The plan was to ride from our house and do one loop of the 70.3 course (about 33 miles) then come home and run for an hour (6-7 miles).
I also wanted to experiment with race day clothes. I wore my swim bottoms under my bike shorts. Since Ironman doesn’t allow nudity (no fun), I won’t be taking them off. For the bike run transition, I will do a quick change to a running skirt because I hate running in my shorts. For a sprint, it’s fine, but for a half marathon, I want to be comfortable and am willing to sacrifice 20 seconds in transition.
Heading out on the bike. Someone please remind me to stop doing that weird head tilt in every picture
If you really give a crap and looked closely at my photo, you will see aero bars. Price tag is still on in case I decide I don’t like them. I’m weird that way. I return everything including used sheets. Ewww.
Yes, I drank the aero bar Kool-aid. They are just clip-ons and nothing fancy because I don’t have $3,000 laying around to buy an tri bike right now. $100 sounded better. A few adjustments to seat position and height and voila!
All I can say is: where have you been all my life? I was worried about adjusting to these things and normally I wouldn’t make a change so close to race day. But I thought I’d try them to see if I could get into more of a groove on the bike and just be more comfortable, overall.
Settling into my bars was effortless and made riding so much more natural for me. We kicked out the 33 miles in 1:51 which meant a 18 mph average. This is faster than I’d normally do the loop, so I was thrilled about that. I fueled with my Honey Stingers/peanut butter sandwich, gels and Cytomax. I felt energized the entire time.
I had a run-in with bike etiquette along the way – kind of confused me, so tell me what you think.
We were cruising down Highway 36 at a nice clip. A man and woman passed me single file, looking strong. I stayed with them at a comfortable pace. I was tempted to pass again after a couple of miles, but didn’t. I was with them for maybe ten minutes when we got to a hill. I noticed that the guy moved over beside the woman to take up the whole shoulder, which was very wide. I didn’t get why he was doing this since he was a stronger cyclist than she was and they had been single file until this point. It made it impossible for me to pass or to even try. The woman was breathing hard, struggling a bit. I was not. I wanted to pass just to keep my pace even and to not lose momentum. But, the dude wouldn’t make room.
When we got to the top, he looked over at her and laughed and that’s when I realized it might have been a deliberate attempt to keep me from passing her on the hill. Dick. Maybe I’m wrong, but it seemed pretty purposeful. I mean, who cares? If you’re going slower, let someone pass you. So, I blew by them as I expelled all kinds of gas and never saw them again.
What’s your take? Glad I got that off my chest. Okay, I’m over it.
I call this elevation chart “mountain town with two nips pointing down.”
We got home and headed out for the run.
It was only 8:30 a.m., but temps were heating up nicely. We did an out and back for a total of 6.7 miles in 59 minutes, 8:53 min/mile average. Total workout time: 2:50. Total miles: 39.7.
I got so hot the last mile and ran out of water. We both got a bit terrified realizing we would be running later than this next week, with no shade and twice the distance. It will be a hot, slow grind to the finish and will probably cuss and cry but I will do it.
Looking quite ugly afterwards if I do say so myself.
Now headed out to get some donuts and coffee. Think I earned it! Filled long john is calling my name. TWSS.
Ever had a run in with questionable bike race etiquette? This is my first one.
Do you use aero bars? I love mine so much people on the road were screaming, “Get a room!”
What’s your donut and donut shop of choice? I like Daylight Donuts – a franchise, but family run and inexpensive. I usually get the cinnamon roll with a circumference of 12” or the filled long john.
Do you return a lot of crap to the store? I’m the queen of this. I will tell you a story one day about returning a coffee pot, still wet.