Teammates Make It Fun

IRONMAN LOUISVILLE 2017 TRAINING

WEEK 25 – September 4 > September 10

As I get closer to Ironman Louisville race day, the dread starts to build thanks to the massive amount of time the weekend training plan requires.  This week was another 5.5 hour Saturday ride, with a 2.5 hour run on Sunday.  But then my teammate Dave texted the group and suggested we get together for the Saturday ride/run brick.  The plan was set to meet at my house and share a great day.

I took them on the same route that I rode last weekend, even though I did that ride in a little over 5 hours.  I knew that we would ride a little more leisurely so we could chat and that the day was a little more windy than last weekend.

The ride went great, with no issues at all.  We got to the turn around point at exactly 2:45 riding nice and easy.  But I knew we would have to push pace a little coming back because we were riding straight into the wind that made that first half of the ride easy.  It wasn’t too bad, and we made it back right at 5.5 hours.

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Three Gunners enjoying a beautiful day.

The team did a quick transition to our running gear and I took them on a route I like to call the “Seven Deadly Hills.”  That hour went by really quick as we chatted through most of the hour long run.  We finished back home at an hour on the dot, with about 6.75 miles of running.  A quick dip in the pool, some fruit and salty potato chips, and I think we were all happy with our day.

Sunday was back to the loneliness of the long distance runner, and I threw on my running clothes and hit the trail for a 2.5 hour run.  Once again, the weather was awesome – cool, light breeze, and I felt great.  I dialed it back to mostly a Z1 effort and got in 16 miles.

All in all, Week 25 was awesome thanks to great weather and great friends.  I am looking forward to another group ride on Week 27 – the dreaded 6 hour ride.

TOTALS:

2 Swims – 4200 yards this week / 87750 yards total

3 Bikes – 136 miles this week / 10102 miles total

7 Runs – 47 miles this week / 820 miles

 

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I’m hearing the BIB numbers will be out next week!

Author: Ironman Chris

Family, running, triathlon and drumming are my things.

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