Thursday, October 2, 2008

Update at long last

Wow what a busy month. Its been over a month since I last blogged and so much has happened on some fronts and so little has happened on others!

The positives
Lakeshore Century ride - Total cycle time of 5hr 30 ish (PR for me). However actual time was closer to 6hrs after 2 punctures, and only carrying 1 spare didn't help. But a nice passerby passed on her spare. The fist tyre went at about mile 20, so I knew it was going to be a long ride! The second went at mile 85. I had taken out my second spare to make room for more nutrition and in all my outdoor riding I had never had a puncture. Well that ride sure made up for it! It did give me practise at changing a tyre in race conditions which was great. I can get stressed when I am really hurrying!

Finished very dehrydrated, and really need to drink more on the bike. This was my failing last year and I just don't seem able to take on enough water. I think i need to be drinking a sports bottle every 30 mins as well as taking on more carbs on the bike. NUUN is great for the salt, but I miss out on the carbs.
Looking at the tyres it doesn't look like a puncture but more of a burst valve.

Babies - Both are growing and getting their personalities. We are at the smiling, and squeaking (talking) stage. They did really well in the UK, and they were great on the plane.. slept pretty much the whole flight there and back which was a big relief. They got to meet all the friends and family as they were karted around the country and passed from person to person and they handled it really well. Also think we have the sleeping through the night bit sorted, to bed at 10.30 and they sleep through to 6am - 7am.

The negatives
Up to the beginning of the month training had been going really well, I had completed 90% of the IM plan to date and I was feeling happy about myself. The century ride confirmed that I am stronger this year on the bike and that had been my primary goal.
However... the first week of Sept was spent packing and getting ready to travel so much of that week was lost to training, then I spent a week in Poland with meetings from 7.30am through to dinner meetings until midnight and I only managed a 4 mile run that week. Then the next week I was in the UK and spent most of that week racing around the country visiting friends and family and only got a 2 hour mountain bike ride (hill rides).

So I am back at the point of being fearful about Florida, I had a nightmare the other day about how I finished the swim in 1hr 40 (25mins slower than last year) and was relieved to have made the cutoff, ran up to T1 and then remembered I'd only done 1 lap of the swim, I sat there knowing I could not run back and complete the second lap (amazed I even contemplated it) and not knowing what to do. Woke at that point so not sure what I would have done!!
I know I have not done enough training and with only 1-2 weeks of real training left, I am in survival mode. I have not let my fitness drop too much from last year so I still have some of that in my legs. I reverted back to the IM plan the moment we got back, completed a 2.4mile swim in the pool on Monday (1hr 25) and finished feeling pretty good, so hopefully the swim is still there. Biked a hard 1 hour on Tuesday (19.5 miles) and felt pretty good. The key marker for my biking will be the century ride at the weekend in Ottawa IL. Ran 7 miles last night and felt fresh, so I keep telling myself I am not heading for a DNF on the 1st. Not looking for confidence building comments just focusing my own thoughts. As with last year there will be no time goals (well bar the big one) I just want to finish and I would like this year without the trip to the med tent at the end.

Other news
Having now travelled with the babies we have decided there is no way we can fly with the babies, all their stuff, my bike and all my tri stuff. When flying to the UK we had 3 large suitcases plus a bike box with the stroller in it. The hire car in the UK was packed solid!
After a long discussion it has been decided my bike will get shipped down to Florida. So that has now been booked and my bike will go via tribike transport (please no horror stories). I can also ship my tristuff in a separate bag with my bike. Meaning we do not have to get a massive hire car to put it all in.

Flights, hotel etc are all booked, and bar the nightmares and fears I am really looking forward to IM. Only 30 days to go!


Angela's Kitchen said...

The babies are adorable.

Good luck on IM. You know what it takes.

Jumper 2.0 said...

I hate it when Angela signs in on my computer. uggh. I have to look better.

that was me above, not angela's kitchen

SWTrigal said...

Babies are so cute!! And you traveled to the UK with them? I am impressed...Sounds like you are doing great training for IMFL. No war stories on shipping here..after they "found" out who my bike belonged to, in some little town in texas, it got to Florida eventually..I'm just sayin'..I might go with one of those ground delivery services( Transport bke I think they are called) if I were you. my friend used them and had no probems...

Team Brazo said...

I know the feeling of "possible undertraining" -- for IMKY this year I felt the same way going in. I certainly put in less time than I did for IMWI, but like you said -- I didn't feel like I lost too much fitness, so all was fine from the fitness level.

I think the 2nd time around is so much harder from the pre-race mental part -- just feeling like I didn't do enough. The 1st IM was 24/7 in my mind -- IMKY was not.

You'll do great...

TJ said...

OH the IM nightmares. Gotta love those. You'll do fine, even if you have to ride on a rental bike....:) just kidding!

Iain said...

Better to be undertrained than overtrained (so they say). You're body has probably enjoyed the rest and will be buzzing for a couple of weeks hard training before the big taper.
Don't panic, it'll all be fine.
I'll be shouting you on when we cross paths on the run course.

Enjoy your 100 :-)

LBTEPA said...

Good luck with the Ironman, Iron Dad!

Iain said...

Come in number 316.

2 weeks today it'll be Game On!!!

Taper Well.

Formulaic said...

How you doing? Only 8 days to go!

I'm sure you're nervous, but your body remembers what to do and you've already proven that you are stonger now than ever before.

Lana said...

Looking forward to seeing you and your family, Tim!! It's gonna be a great weekend!

Iain said...

Are we getting an update this month or is all the secret training taking your time up?

When you get here I'm in 314. Stick your head in and say Hi so we know you're about :)