Sunday, October 14, 2007

Iron Weak 36

Well, I've played on your sympathy for too long now, that shot of my back burn got way too much mileage - but thanks for your comments and well wishes. I did not spell "week" incorrectly - it was a weak week.


Highlights: One swim for all of 2296 yards. Two runs, one 6 miler, and one 4 miler as a brick run. NOT a great run week. Two bikes, both 50 miles, and both over 20mph in windy conditions. That would be the highlight - the bikes, and even though one was the cause of my wicked new back scar-to-be, at least for one out of three events next Saturday, I'll be ready.


So what are we in store for at the Florida Challenge? Well, I'll be lucky to pull out a 2:00/100 yd swim pace, which will net me around 38 min. The bike will have around 2,500 feet of elevation, so I'm hoping to go about 18.5mph average for the 58 miles, giving me a bike split of 3:08 (yes, you read that right - the bike is an extra 2 miles due to some course changes). The the run...my long shot hope is to run 10:30's - for a 2:17 half. So that's a 6:04 plus transitions...not where I'd like to be, which is under 6 hrs. Those extra 2 miles on the bike will account for about 6.5 minutes, so I can take that into consideration.

The main goal is to run the half marathon, and get that 10:30 pace nailed. But since starting this lawn business, I've really not had the energy to train much - mentally or physically. So lets call this race a fun day, and use it as a benchmark for my train up for IMCdA.

11 comments:

Danielle in Iowa said...

I didn't think there was 2500 feet of elevation to gain in the entire state of FL - isn't that why they are always getting submerged under water? :-)

Brent Buckner said...

Time to rely on that base fitness!

JohnnyTri said...

I think you gotta nailed down.. sounds like a plan..

rockon`

excel man said...

Yea - I saw that 58 mile sh^t last night. It kind of disturbed my Kharma a little bit but ITU (not that ITU is really relevant) allows 5% variation in their race distances and 2 miles is less than 5% so I guess it isn't a real big deal. If this was a Tom Ziebart race we wouldn't have found out until race morning.

I guess I'll have to activate the excel spreadsheet and recalc my goal times.

Looking at the run times from last year I'm thinking we might be running together at a 10:30 pace.

I'm going to turn off my computer now and go train. 1800 m swim .... I need to test drive my wetsuit to make sure it didn't rot.

supalinds said...

Race fun...exactly what it should be!!

S. Baboo said...

The half is a fun distance so...have fun. Your bike is looking good so your legs should be fresh for the run if you do keep it down to 18.5 mph.

Enjoy!

Wendy said...

Fun, fun, fun! And ideal approach.

Cody the Clydesdale said...

Sub 6 is smokin for a clyd. They grow em fast where your from dont they!

blink140pnt6 said...

Do have fun w/ it brutha.

We'll be ringing the dog bell for ya!

Renae said...

I think calling it a fun day and using it as a baseline is a Fabulous idea. Have you done a half before?

ShirleyPerly said...

Hey, you did 101 on what seemed to be a less-than-ideal training base too, so I'm sure you'll do fine on this race.

Good luck and hope the thunderstorms stay away!