I can’t believe that I am only 6 weeks out from IM Canada now. It just seems like time has just flown by!
As I get more fit, I am get more excited for the race!
Today was my longest day of training. I am really working hard to get my nutrition down and after talking to Roch and Michael, they are both convinced that #1. I don’t eat enough and #2 there aren’t enough nutrients on what I do eat. The next 6 weeks will be crucial for me to nail it down. Today was a overdistance day on the bike. I knew it was going to be hot, so I tried to get out early. That didn’t happen. I have been so tired lately…so I slept in:). In any case, I was out by 8am. I picked the hilliest ride that i could find. I figured that it would help the time go by faster. I went out left hand canyon back down to 36 and then through Loveland and up to Estes Park. After that, I went through the fruit loops and then back out toward Carter Lake and then finally came home through Hygiene. One of the things that Roch suggested was eating a candy bar. Because I only drink carbo-pro and water and eat powerbars, he thinks that soemthing like a candy bar would be good for me to have in the later stages. My first stop, in Glen Haven, I filled up my water bottles, dumped my trusty carbo pro in them, and bought a candy bar. I really did have good intentions of eating that thing, but I just couldn’t do it. The thought of eating a chocolate bar on a 104 degree day was nausiating. In any case, after coming back down the canyon into Lyons, I had to fill up the water bottles once again. I decided to go out on a limb and buy a coke. I drank the coke and the rest of the carbo-pro until they tasted like hot tea. The last 30 minutes of the ride were brutal as I was getting sick from the coke and tired of the hot carbopro.
As soon as I got home, I assessed my sunburn and jumped into a cold shower. I still had a 45 minute run to do. And although this was a brick, I gave myself about 15 minutes for a transition. I just wanted to get all of the grime and dirt off of me! I started the run nice and cool with diluted gatorade in hand with some gels. At about the 2.5 mile mark, I had serious back and stomach cramps. I also had some serious indigestion and burps…yuck! (I blame the coke). After a few minutes of walking it out, I felt better than ever and continued on my way. It was interesting today on Wonderland trail…there was no-one out there! Was I the only crazy one exercising today? It certainly felt like it!
In any case, one valuable lesson that i learned today was that coke doesn’t work and candy bars are nausiating in the heat. Any suggestions for something easily digested and light to eat during a ironman besides carbo pro and powerbars??
I have a long day of work tomorrow and then I have my longest run of my build on Sunday. I have really enjoyed doing the overdistance thing, however, I am looking forward to “normal” 5 hour rides again as well as 2 hour runs again:)
Happy Training!