Today I was back on my bike and it sure felt good. I road 25 miles and the first half was a breeze. Literally. Even though I was riding rolling hills, I kept a very good pace riding close to 17 miles in the first hour. I turned around at the half way point and discovered two things. The wind most certainly was at my back. And while it was rolling hills, it rolled more down hill apparently. Between the wind and the hills my second half return was not quite as speedy, however I managed to average 15.8 miles per hour. I am pleased. Each ride I am getting faster and I have been riding alone mostly. In cycling peer pressure is a good thing and helps improve pace. Riding with others is next up on my list.
After my ride I quickly changed into my running shoes. Well as quickly as I could with my stabilization brace on my ankle, remembered to remove my helmet and gloves and headed out for a mile run. On the return at about .75 miles I remembered I didn’t take my electrolyte supplements. The reminder was the subtle cramp I felt forming in my quads. This is something I am doing everything to prevent. Both legs cramped up in my last half iron triathlon around the .75 mile mark off the bike. It didn’t happen the year before, I remembered to take more electrolytes and I wore compression sleeves on my calves. Last year I didn’t take as many supplements and didn’t wear the sleeves. I am going to add both in my training next week and see if it makes a difference.
The weather today was warm, but most of my ride was overcast. Perfect for racing. Tomorrow I run the 5.25 mile race. Of course the weather is forecasting mostly cloudy until 8:00 AM, mostly sunny from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and then a higher chance of clouds and rain after 11:00 AM. The race starts at 9:00 AM – right in the middle of the hot sun. My hope is that the forecast is as reliable as it has been and the clouds will last longer. Regardless of a ride, a run, a brick workout or a race – there are things I can control and things I can not. My preparation, rest, fuel, hydration, supplements and attire are up to me. The weather and many other things are out of my hands. Does that stop me from being nervous? Of course not, it is a race. I always get pre-race nerves. However I have faith and I Believe. Regardless of the weather and the results, I will enjoy the event. It is my hometown race, many friends will be there and we are celebrating together afterwards. What could be better?