Time is flying by and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have my doubts that I am ready for this. The days are slowing ticking away and my mantra lately has been “This Ironman isn’t going to train for itself buddy.” I’m biking longer than I ever have before and enjoying it. This past Saturday while I was out on a 4.5 hour bike ride it was around mile 70 where I thought to myself that man 20 miles seemed so long back when I signed up for IMAZ. Now 20 miles just seems like a warm up. Now with me really having the confidence in not blowing up on the bike I can start getting in more running as well which I’ve totally been slacking on.
I really need to break this mental barrier of running is punishment again. Today after a 75 minute spin class I went out on a 2.5 mile run and had the best times in a long time and surprisingly in the heat and humidity I felt great (Yeah I just said that). I opened up my stride a bit more but watched my cadence go from 79/80 to 76/78 but my HR instead of riding that 147 BPM line dropped to 138/140 BPM. I was lower in my Z2 and my avg times per mile dropped from a 10:30 min/mile to a 9:31 min/mile. Now I did have to walk once to stretch the hip flexor a bit but then chugged along. It kind of has me wondering now if trying to get the shorter steps and higher cadence was back firing for me since I have longer legs. I’ll monitor some of the longer runs to see what’s going on with that.
On another note yes I signed up for IM Canada as well. WTF was I think is the first thing that comes to mind but I must be honest. The course looks absolutely awesome and I’ve heard excellent peer reviews of it. So why not? This is in July so it works perfectly for my St. George 70.3 in the beginning of May. At first I didn’t think I’d like some of the longer IM training but it’s kind of growing on me in a sadistic way.