WEEK 21 – May 16, 2016 – May 22, 2016
Another week of playing catch up. The totals for last week were down because I missed my long run on Sunday. So I ended up doing it on the Monday rest day. 14 miles in 2 hours. Tuesday I had a dentist appointment in the afternoon, so I had to cut my swim short and ended up doing 2500 yards instead of the 3500 the plan called for. Since I needed to pick up my son from college on Friday, I skipped the planned swim. I don’t mind skipping the third swim.
The rest of the week went well with no big issues. The best part of the week however was the long Saturday ride and brick run that most of my Gunner teammates were able to make. Dave and his son Alex made the trip to my home to ride together, but we ended up delaying it a little so John could join us as well. We were missing our Gunner friend Jeff, who is still rehabbing from his minor back surgery and is limited to riding a stationary recumbent bike and using an elliptical. So what does a Gunner do when those are his options? Jeff did 4 hours on the elliptical. Gunner. Can’t wait until he can join us again. He had a really good base built up and should be able to get back up to speed easily.
We rode for about an hour and then met with John, then we decided that heading east and west might be our best option due to the wind blowing from the north. Unfortunately, most of the good riding for me is south of my town, so with a south wind it is hard to avoid having to ride back into the wind.
So we decided to explore a little, and that meant discovering gravel roads and busier highways. But we weren’t on them long, and eventually made it out to Elwood. When we got to the north side of Midewin National Nature Preserve, we decided to ride into it and see what the old abandoned arsenal had for us. Essentially it was just a couple miles of choppy road in the middle of nowhere. Now we know.
Since we had been riding about an hour when we caught John, we decided that we would compromise and do an extra 1/2 hour to give him 3.5 hours and us 4.5 hours of riding. In all, we covered about 77 miles in 4:30, give or take a couple of minutes. I did notice that we passed the half-Iron bike distance of 56 miles at about 3:17, which is a pretty good time for a training ride if you ask me. Matter of fact, the ride was quite a confidence booster.
The brick run was impressive to me. I had always thought that it wouldn’t be long before Dave and John started to catch up with me tempo-wise on the run. They certainly had some speed at the end of that 5.5 mile run. I took them through a local neighborhood that has some really big houses, which they seemed to enjoy. Then it was back home for a quick shower and a dinner at Fuddrucker’s, a hamburger joint that I hadn’t been to in probably 25 or more years. I didn’t even think this place still existed. But the food was hot and good, and the end of day conversations and recaps were awesome.
The Sunday workout consisted of a 1:15 hour spin, which I did with my wife. We rode into New Lenox on the trail and then made it back home. I took a minute to clean the Gatorade and gravel dirt off my bike, then headed out for the 1:45 long run. It ended up being 12 miles. I should have hydrated more because I was suffering a little in the 80 degree 100% sunshine. I brought one water, but could have used more. I think I needed to hydrate a little more from yesterday’s effort.
The last thing of note for the week is that we have all ordered our custom tri kits from Epix. They did a really good job designing a logo for us and creating a kit. I hope that all of us find the kit to fit well and be comfortable. Can’t wait to get them in early July.
WEEK 21 TOTALS:
Swims: 2 total, 2 hours, 6000 yards
Bikes: 4 total, 7:40 hours, 121 miles
Runs: 7 total, 7:55 hours, 54.7 miles