Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ironweek 17

Time now for another boring edition of Ironweek....

Wow - has everyone gotten that flu/cold this year or what? These things seem to get harder and last longer every year. Peeps are gonna start die'n from this one of these years, I'm afraid to say. To all of you trying to train through it, I can only say this, "be careful".

A week after my Marathon, my HR's are back in the normal range for a given pace...pre-marathon normal that is. I made it a point to hold back a little on my running last week, just to give my legs one more week of recovery. So while I only did 16 running miles in 3 runs, the "long" run on Sunday of 8 really felt good. I'm ready to get back into the necessary volume! (yes - that's my weak, early-Monday-morning attempt at "Blue Steel" )

Biking was fun this week. I got in 3 bikes (for 136 total) for the first time in ages. Again, where I could still feel the fatigue of the Marathon on Tuesday's 25 miler, Saturday's 74 miles were a breeze. Except for the 3 hours of rain. I actually thought of all of my bloggie peeps in Northern states, cooped up inside on trainers and instead of bailing with my soggy shoes, I finished the ride. Thanks, guys and gals!

Only 2 swims. Short ones. Seriously way under the standard. Those were the first two swims in nearly 4 weeks - no wonder I felt like someone tore my arms off and beat me with them. Week 16 will be a much better swim week. Actually, it would be hard for it to be any worse...

On the horizon:

This Saturday's long ride will include none-other-than Jetpack! He tells me he's quickly assuming the shape of a pear, and desperately needs to get out and ride. Coolness! I'll have some good company for 82 miles as I share some quality time with a fellow blogger, podcaster and Triathlete.

Meetup with my 'ol College roomie and stud Ironman Wisconsin Finisher-Triathlete -TA- on March 5th - he and his boy are running a marathon up in Cheesehead country and while he's here at Disney, he'll humor me with a run. I say humor me 'cause he goes about a buck thirty soaking wet, so our run velocities are sure to have a high Delta. If my memory serves, which it usually doesn't, TA may be the originator of my "Bigun" handle.


West Point Founder's Day on March 7th - the one year anniversary of our meeting Exel Man and Green Eyed Lady - if it weren't for the fact that we were both scheduled to do the same race later last year, we may have never became fast friends. Another reason why Triathlon is so cool.

1st Multisport event of the season, the Florida Escape to Alcatraz on March 9th. 1k swim, 15m bike and 5k run - it will be fun to go fast!

Dang, that week is going to be busy! TrisherpaDi just informed me that we may be going to a Steeplechase with horses and whatnot on March 9th instead. If that's the case, then there's a 7 mile bike Time Trial I can do on the 8th here in Tampa, and a 15k run on the 9th that may get me done early enough to enjoy the day with my favorite Sherpa!

17 comments:

Wendy said...

Here's hoping it's a great training week ahead, Bigun!

Ryan said...

Are you competing in the steeplechase?

I didn't know there was a clydesdale division with those, they must make the barriers really low.

All you can eat Hay at the finish will make all of the jumping worth it at the end.

Green Eyed Lady (aka GEL) said...

LOL - I was just checking your blog to see if you had any pre-Founder's Day rant like I read last year. ;)

Supalinds said...

Happy to hear you are feeling back to normal.

'75 miles was a breeze'. WTF :)

Lurve it.

Taconite Boy said...

Agree with Ryan. Whats your race #

Horse man-your new superhero identity.

tri-dogmom said...

glad to hear you are on the mend!

ShirleyPerly said...

Man, wish I could ride my bike. Have fun with Jet (maybe good he hasn't sold his bike yet so he could keep up with you?). And good luck at Escape from FL.

excel man said...

Hey Dude -

No flu for me. Last time I had the flu was 2000. Last time I was sick was 2005 - food poisoning with a few hundred of my closest friends in Iraq on Thanksgiving.

I attribute it to: a good (almost vegetarian) diet, fist fulls of vitamins, consistent PT, and megadoses of vitamin C when I crush myself.

Good luck in the steeplechase and we'll see you at flounder's day. :^)

Cody the Clydesdale said...

Sounds like an exciting schedual to me.

Lana said...

Oooooohhh - I HEART horse racing! I'd say you better do the time trial and the 15k and go with Di and bet on some horses. I won some pretty good cash in Vegas betting on horses the last time I was there.

excel man said...

Are you going to be an Iron Squiggy?

excel man said...

Hey Dude -

Want company on the Strawberry Century?

Taconite Boy said...

no shots-no flu- that's my theory. We haven't had the bug since '05- just sporadic stomach things from community swimming pools etc- if you do the steeple- post pics!

tri-mama said...

oops-that was me-not Tac posting twice in a mental state of mind :-)

momo said...

looks like a good week! yea, that illness is AWFUL this year. tamiflu, baby!

Steve Stenzel said...

I've always wanted to do the Escape to Alcatraz! Good luck!!!

moonpie said...

We gotta get together for a long ride sometime soon bro!