Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Onward and Upward.

I figured with a little over 24 days left, I would go ahead and blog as much as I could. Which is really a nice way of saying, that if I have 20 minutes left at the end of the work day and I have everything else done...then I'll go at it.

Got my first run in 10 days in this morning. My runs are at a minimum of 6 miles, and it did my heart good to see that the last run I did was the 20 miler. The left foot is still giving me fits, but it's not as bad as it could be. I see my Podiatrist, and one helluva runner himself, on Monday, so other than a slightly longer run Sunday, I will be looking forward to seeing him. I tried to tape it, with the arch strapping that instructions that I found, but ended up stopping 3/4 of a mile into the run to rip the tape off. Maybe my mileage won't be what I wanted on the 30th, but I'm not letting this stop me from toeing the line.

Speaking of milestones, last Saturday I completed my first century ride (100.7 miles to be exact,) and I think I got a handle on the whole nutrition thing. Nothing breaks up the monotony of cycling like eating, and eating is something I'm good at. I ordered some e-caps from Hammer and got a lot of sample goodies to boot. The whole nutrition thing is sort of subjective at best. The formulas, which are all in metrics, force you to think about how much liquid your taking in, the calories of the food that your eating, and then popping the exact amount of capsules on an hourly basis so that your body doesn't bonk and wonk when the mind is starting to say, "Let's call this crazy shit off." Really, by the time I think I came up with a workable solution, I was pretty much 55 miles into the ride. And that was not too bad. My next milestone comes tomorrow when I swim 4000 yards at the Eastside Y. A great pool, but with a weird slope that makes me feel like I'm swimming uphill.

This Ironman thing has really been something else. I'm still trying to stuff as much training as I can before the taper, which I will follow judiciously, but if I had to race it this weekend, I think that I'd be o.k.

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