Saturday, March 26, 2011

Slammin saturdays

Today I decided to do a longer workout that incorporated some race style intensity. My main goals were A)to practice pacing myself for a longer effort, B)To practice fueling for close to 6 hours of working out, and C)to practice running on heavy legs. The workout consisted of a 40 mile ride, 8 mile run, 40 mile ride, 8mile run. The first bike and run were meant to be easier efforts to set myself up for a solid bike and run for the second time around. I must say I will be doing this type of workout more in the future. I have never done a workout that felt so close to racing, both in effort and intensity. Transitions between bikes and runs were about 2 minutes.

Bike 1-
40 miles -average speed 20.9 mph
8 miles-average pace 6:21 per mile

40 miles- average speed 22.4 mph (same loop as the first)
8 miles- average pace 6:00 per mile (same loop as the first)

Now I am gonna go sleep for a couple days :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

First Race of the 2011 Season

It has been a long time since I have raced anything (my last race was in September). So I decided a week ago it is time to find a race. I am always uncertain at the beginning of the season because I never know where my fitness is at. This is the main reason I signed up for the St. Paddy's five, I wanted to test where my early season fitness is at, and practice getting my head into race mode. I am very happy with the day. I set a PR for 5 miles, and feel like my run is on track for 2011. Here are some photos from the race. It was great to see so many friendly faces out on the course today.

Official results