76 miles in 3:45:xx, average speed of 20.7 mph! SOLO!
I've been riding into the wind and up hills so much over the past weeks that I forgot what it was like to have conditions in my favor. Supposedly, those types of rides (and runs) are speed work in disguise...so I should be faster! But the grain(s) of salt: First, the route dropped down in elevation almost 1000 feet and second, the air was still if not having a slight breeze at my back.
My approach also helped me be strong through the whole ride. I decided to have a low intensity for the first 35 miles, then for the next 25 a moderate intensity and then slam it down for the end of the ride. On race day, I'm going to have a similar approach and finish strong instead of fizzling out early.
My original goal was to average 25 mph, which might be within reach. I will need to get into a fast group at the beginning of the race and just stick with them over the first half of the race, which is slightly uphill. We'll see.
(Racing on a bike is far different than running ... in a group, your wind resistance is basically nothing, making you much faster. Last year I was about 5 mph faster average moving speed in the race than riding solo.)
Saturday I have my second duathlon ... and I can't run well, just like for the first duathlon. Hopefully my calf will be mostly okay for running by Saturday. If it is, I hope to run the first two miles in 13:30, then the 10 miles on the bike in under 30 minutes, and the last two mile run in under 13:00.
***Today I took the dog out for an easy 5 mile run. My calf isn't right and I just wanted to plod along with whatever felt right, which probably meant slower than 9 mm. She couldn't keep up. I ended up swinging back home, the third mile in over 11 minutes, dropping her off, and heading back out for the next two. I'll have to get her in shape!
I knew she was done after about a mile and just had to coax her and encourage, praise her for working hard. She'd speed up, keep up with me for a while, then drop back. I slowed to meet her speed as I didn't want her to overheat. Poor thing.
What has she done since? Slept. She's fried! Poor thing.
I've worn out my fivefingers. I bought some Komodo sports on Saturday. They look super fast, which means that I'll be faster wearing them, right?