Thursday, September 24, 2015

1 Hour Trainer Ride

After setting a baseline for my running yesterday I hit the bike trainer today.  I've hardly been on a bike much since 2013 when I was training for Ironman Florida 2013.  I must add that I killed the bike in that race.  I completed 112 miles on an admittedly pancake flat course in just under 5 hours which is a 22 mph average.  That's why I suffered so much on the run.  I had nothing left in the tank.  Now I don't have a tank to put anything in.  It feels like I'm starting over from scratch.

My first trainer rider in 2 years
I rode the trainer for an hour (plus a little bit) and completed 16.46 miles.  It feels good to be back in the saddle again but with that kind of average I can expect the 112 mile Ironman bike segment to take about 7 hours.  I can't fault anyone who can ride 112 miles at any pace but a 16.1 mph average won't get me to Kona.  I'd be happy with a 21 mph average.  The Chattanooga course is more challenging than the Florida course so I've got to keep that in mind.

Tomorrow it's time to hit the water.  I'm hoping for an open water swim.  I think I'll try for a mile.

After reading this blog and before I clicked Publish my wife Susan and I have the following exchange. 

Susan:  You're gonna swim in the lake tomorrow?
Me:  If the weather's nice enough.
Susan:  Are you gonna wear your wetsuit?  You know that last time you put on that wetsuit it was a little tight.

I think she's trying to take the wind out of my sails.

Thanks for reading.

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