Monday, October 8, 2007

L-O-N-G workout weekend!

It all started with the Chase the Balloons Ride on Sat. AM at 7:00. Wow it is hard to ride in the COLD-I had forgotten! It warmed up quickly as we cycled up Paseo Del Norte. I had to fight the inner demons as I got passed ALOT on this part of the tour. Telling myself "I am a triathlete-not a primary cyclist" helped..As we rode down Tramway as hundreds of hot air balloons were rising right in front of us (damn why didn't I bring my camera?), I thought about how lucky we are to be living in New MExico. I remembered one of the first balloon fiestas at the State Fairgrounds in the 1970s where there were maybe 50 balloons and 200 spectators. WOw-has it grown! We rode with the balloon chase crowd, then added 16 miles on the bike path to make it 77 miles. Then on to the 20 run brick afterwards. H & I practiced nutrition and managing snacks, nuun tablets, Ibuprofen, water, etc on the bike..We had about a 25 MPH wind going south on the bike path-that was fun, then turned around-Wheeeeee...

OK that was Saturday. Then Sunday, out for a 2 and 1/2 hour run. First hour slow, then last hour and a half faster. And the WIND again-only this time it was COLD for most of the run, esp running into the wind. We managed to do 12.6 miles, almost the half marathon! Again-managing nutrition was the goal..After the run, we did a short swim in the Highpoint Pool. Hartley was brave enough to venture into the outside pool while I swam in the not so clean looking inside 20 yard pool. That pool really needs come remodeling or something.

I was dead tired after the 2 days of long training. But we were scheduled to go up to Chama to see our new deck and remodeling done by our contractor post flood. I did n't want to go-I was pooped but relented since H drove and I slept and did SOduko. So here we are in beautiful Chama. The deck looks awesome!! IT is HUGE! Enugh room for a big party and then some..So now we just have to figure out the party time..

SO I am thinking now we can rest-right? Well, H's coach has him doing a 90 minute run today-still in "build mode". My legs are really tired so I am in the "trying to decide mode". I am caught in this how much is I am tired mode and how much is more training is too much?

I'll see how the day goes as I watch the aspens change..

8 comments:

Vickie said...

I can't believe it was actually hotter here than for you this weekend! It won't happen again in my lifetime, I'm sure! As for how much is too much? Being about the same age, I sympathize with you. At least you have the advantage of not having to go to work on Monday!

cindy said...

Okay, I know I'm still new to this, but on Sat. after riding 77 miles, does a 20 run brick mean 20 minutes or 20 miles?!?! Either way, I'm impressed, because I don't know if I could even walk after riding that far! Awesome job!

We had thought about doing the Chase the Balloons Ride but my in-laws were visiting. Maybe next year, but I don't think I could keep up with the speedsters.

SWTrigal said...

that would be 20 minutes!

cindy said...

Oh, good...77mi bike/ 20mi run would be a pretty extreme brick! I'm just a little embarrassed now.

Bones said...

Party??? When??

skoshi said...

OK--I admit it. I thought you were doing 20 miles... :)

SWTrigal said...

If I ran 20 miles after a 77 mile bike, I think I might try and Ironman! :))
No-no long bricks for me folks. I have heard anything longer than like a 30 min. run (brick) after a bike ride is a waste..

Cody the Clydesdale said...

Yep. Triathletes are some saddistic mo-fo's. Keep it up! I'm exited about seeing how well you'll do at Soma!It's a great course. Flat!