Putting the pieces together  

avlicker2 54M
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9/30/2005 8:02 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Putting the pieces together

Today was my pre-race "race" and woohoo - got it done this time. The swimming leg went fine, and then I transitioned to the bike. After drying off and putting on my shoes and technical shirt, I sucked down a gel pack (liquid goo that's all carbohydrates), stuck on my helmet and headed off on my 20K bike ride.

The bike ride went better than it has in the past, especially last time when my back tire went flat. Over the last couple of weeks, I've been doing a lot of stationary bike work (Lifecycle) in the gym along with a couple of spinning classes. In both of those, I have to constantly pedal, no coasting allowed. Well, that definitely showed up today as I pedal pretty much the entire course except for a downhill part, and when I was sucking down another gel pack and some water.

After getting back to the gym, I parked the bike and then jogged over to the track for the 5K run. It still took about 1/2 mile for my legs to loosen up, but not nearly as bad as it was the first time I did the bike - run transition. However, it wasn't one of my better runs. With about 1/2 mile to go, I was feeling really tired, but gutted it out and finished out the run.

Overall, the entire prerace took about 2 hours and 10 minutes. I won't be winning any races with that time any time soon - lol - but considering when I first started working out in April, I could only run 3/4 mile in 12 minutes and was totally exhausted, I've come a long way.

Other things I learned today. First, I need to remember to wear a hat as my forehead got a little bit of sun. Second, only need to slurp down the one gel pack at the beginning of the bike leg as my stomach wasn't doing that great in the run. Third, don't eat Chinese the night before the race - lol.

With the race now just over a week away, my workouts are going to tailor down a little bit. Monday - swimming with the emphasis on technique. Tuesday - biking, building up those quads. Wednesday - running. Again, getting those legs in shape. Then on Thursday, I'm meeting up with my trainer and we are going to go through the two transitions, with the wet suit and all this time. Then on Friday, a light workout just to keep loose. Nothing on Saturday, and the race on Sunday. Also, and probably the most important thing, I need to watch what I eat for the entire week, as I have to keep my energy levels high with good stuff and not those 6 donuts I used to gobble down.

rm_lushiouslili 49F

10/1/2005 9:04 pm

AV, I'm really proud of what you've accomplished! You're going to have a great week, and do fabulously!! =) Even if you don't win the race, you're still a winner!


berrigal2 60F

10/2/2005 10:10 am

You are a winner in my book too AV...HUGS!!

I wish I could be there for your race and see the look on your face when you cross that finish line. You have accomplished so much, you are an inspiration to me!

sunnysummerfun 57F

10/5/2005 2:39 pm

Hi AV~
I just wanted to wish you the very best this week & weekend (if I am tabulating the dates correctly) Today or tomorrow would be a great time for a massage as well. You might consider it. It will help cleanse the tissue of lactic acid build up, stimulate tissue regeneration in addition to calming you from pre-event nervousness. Just an idea. I am anxious to read your post-event log. Wish you nothing but the best. !! Congratulations. ~ss~

BBWlookingforu2 44F

10/7/2005 4:01 pm

Have a terrific race. You have a lot to be proud of. Just like everyone else here I am excited to hear how things went. Best of luck to you!

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