I had 2 main issues come up this week which needed attention. First of which was getting a bit dehydrated on Saturday's 8 miler. I was likely overdressed, but also did not bring any liquids (not out of the norm for me for a run of this distance) which left me feeling a bit crappy later on in the day. The 8 mile run itself was textbook. Lesson learned. For Sunday, I took a 25oz bottle of Osmo + one GU with me for the 16 miler so not to repeat Saturday's mistakes (even while overdressing on purpose).
The other issue were my shoes- I wore my Newton Distances for the 8 miler and got another hot spot on the bottom of my foot. Since I had 16 on deck for Sunday, all I could think about was the damn thing turning into a blister during that run. I decided to wear my Nike Zoom Fly shoes for the 16 and luckily there was no issue with the hot spot. Post run I got to thinking about my shoes and was shocked to see the Newtons have 420 miles on them and the Nikes have 357. Needless to say a shoe order has been placed.
I know that my biggest weakness for the Ironman will be nutrition. I will train my ass off and nail all of my workouts no problem, but properly hydrating and fueling for extended rides and runs will be a challenge for me since I dont like to eat or drink much while working out. In the coming months I will be researching proper fueling and hydration for these longer sessions.
I was happy with my mileage for February despite some training setbacks. 30+ hours total and 321 miles.
Monday: 14 mile cycle
Wednesday: 10 mile cycle, 4 mile run BRICK!
Thursday: 8 mile run- 6 x 800's
Friday: 16 mile cycle
Saturday: 8 mile run, 12 mile cycle
Sunday: 16 mile run with miles 11-15 @ GMP, 12 mile cycle
Total: 9:35:25 for 100 miles
Running: 4:55:40 for 36 miles
Cycling: 4:39:45 for 64 miles
L and I went to the Bulls game on Tuesday- it was fun as always and Benny even dumped popcorn on us!
- I renewed my swim membership and plan to finally swim again soon.
- I will continue to tweak my nutrition during longer workouts. I like to train using minimal nutrition so that race day I experience a bigger effect from the GU/Osmo/Etc, but will be smarter about it so I don't have any setbacks.
- I will up my arm/core/leg workouts and weights.
- Time to cook more meals, reduce alcohol intake and drop the last 5-8lbs before Carmel.