With today being National Running Day, I started the day off the way any triathlete would – I swam. Today was an endurance swim workout with a total of 2,500 meters. I used my beeping tempo trainer and I am getting closer to the tempo I should have. What I am noticing is an improved and consistent pace. A very encouraging workout with my race this weekend.
At lunch today I went to the race web sight to get a few maps and discovered the bike course has changed due to construction. It is an 18 mile course and it is quite a bit hillier than the course I road the past two years. Lovely. I compared the elevation charts to the hilly rides I regularly train on – very close. The saving grace is that from 9.6 miles to 16.4 miles it is relatively flat to down hill. But those climbs the first 9.6 miles are not fun. There are three of them. Of course the race organizers kept the hill at 16.5 in for good measure, so 4 decent climbs in this race. I am rethinking my goal time since it will be a more challenging course. We are going to drive the course on Saturday, seeing is believing and then I will know what I expect as a finish time. To prepare myself, I road 14 miles this evening covering most of the hills I usually do to keep my legs familiar. To prepare my bike I put the racing wheels on to given them a spin. I just love to hear the woosh woosh sound of the wheels. I was pleased with my time, especially going out which mostly is riding south. The wind was coming from the north. The return ride – well it was a good workout.
Not forgetting that today is National Running Day, I had to honor it and I ran a mile after my ride. A mini brick workout. My level two ankle brace came today – it is not as stiff as the level three support. I am happy that it will be very easy to slip on in transition for the run. It is elastic with silicone supports at the ankle. CEP makes it, the same manufacturer as the compression socks I use for long runs.
Over all I felt very good today. After yesterday, I made sure to get a good night of sleep last night and I stayed hydrated throughout the day. I also feel prepared for my race. My swim is back where I was before my injury and I hope to keep my close to 2:00 minute per 100 meter pace on Sunday morning. My ride feels good – I will have better expectations after seeing the course. And my run is back. It is only a 5 kilometer run, so I expect to be able to run a 10 minute pace or better. But this is today. I have mentioned before, we only have today for sure and I want to make the most of it. Today I did. I wish I could bottle this feeling and drink from it on not so wonderful days. Holding on to the memory and knowing that there will always be good days will have to do. Which reminds me of a lyric – Every day is a gift you’ve been given, make the most of the time every minute your living. – Chris Rice