>I feel like such a proud pappa (actually proud husband). Over the weekend, Tri Madness outfitted Mrs. Tri Madness’ bike with clipless pedals, and we had a little “how to” session. We started off in the garage. One foot on the ground, the other practicing clipping in and clipping out. Then vice versa. After a few minutes of doing this, and starting to get the hang of it, the Mrs and I went out for a 20 minute ride around the neighborhood. During our ride, Mrs TM practiced clipping in and out. She practiced stopping and starting. She did great – no hesitations, no falls, no catastrophes. I was so proud! Now, I’m not foolish enough to think she won’t ever fall (because, after all, don’t we all at some point?) but I was pretty excited for her first time on clipless pedals.
I had my hardest run of the year yesterday. I was scheduled to go 12 miles. I had planned on getting out at about 7am, but slept late and didn’t end up having time prior to going to church. So, I opted to go right when we got home. Departure time: 12:30. Temperature – a not-too-bad 88 degrees. I loaded up the fuel belt, grabbed the iPod, donned the Garmin. First three miles felt fine. 27 minutes. The sun and lack of shade was making the heat a little uncomfortable. When I hit 5 miles, I knew that there was no way I was going to make 12 miles, so I adjusted my route to take me 9 miles. Not long afterwards, I felt really beat down. Sluggish. I had slowed way down, and even wanted to walk some. At one point near mile 7 I really thought I was going to throw up. I struggled home in just over 95 minutes. I guess the pace wasn’t awful – it’s actually on par with what I’ve been doing my long runs in, but I felt really beat down. So why was the run so brutally hard? I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s because over the past three weeks, I’ve done 90% of my running in the Midwest, where it’s been incredibly beautiful – with temperatures in the mid to high 70’s. Perhaps I wasn’t hydrated enough. I’m not sure.
Needless to say, it was the hardest I’ve worked in a long, long time. Two bottles of ice cold water + 20 minutes floating in my pool started to cool me down. I followed that with my new favorite recovery drink – an ULTRAGEN smoothie! (1 scoop of ULTRAGEN, 6oz of water + ice blended together). After all that, I began to feel more normal again. I still feel a little sluggish this morning. My legs are heavy and tired feeling. My plantar fasciitis is making me feel a little gimpy.
Tonight’s workout: pool time for the first time in three weeks! Let’s see if I can bang out 1800 meters without drowning!
Less than two weeks until the first leg of the Tri-2-B-Tuff half marathon challenge. Getting excited!