Monday, August 6, 2018

Ironman Louisville Training 2018 {week 10} aka 2 rivers century

Week 10 totals:

Run: 27.15 miles, 3:45.30 hours
Bike: 167.35 miles, 10:30 hours
Swim: 0 

Training Cycle totals (start May 28)

Run: 263.39 miles, 37:47 hours
Bike: 930.26 miles, 57.59 hours
Swim: 0 


Completing my 3rd century! 

Low lights: 

Not swimming. I’ve had a dry cough ever since I got sick 3 weeks ago. I decided it wasn’t worth it to have a coughing fit in the middle of the lake or pool. Been there, done that and don’t ever feel the need to tread water and cough uncontrollably ever again. There’s always next week. 

Taking CB to the vet late on Monday because his eye had been awful looking during the weekend. We initially thought it was from a spider bite and gave him Benadryl, but when that didn’t help, we knew we had to get him checked out. He was diagnosed with “Horners syndrome” basically a spontaneous facial paralysis which should clear up on its own within a few weeks- months. 

Two rivers century:

I did this same ride in 2016 before IM Wisconsin and enjoyed it a lot.  While riding 100 miles was more than what my plan called for, I wanted to ride a little more and complete the distance for confidence. 

I woke up early and packed Mortadella into the rental and drove an hour down to Kankakee. It’s probably the first time I’ve driven since I did this ride 2 years ago. 

The drive was quick, and I got checked in fast. They are super organized.  The ride consists of multiple different loops which is nice so you’re not riding the same portion more than once. Every 15-20 miles there are rest stops fully stocked with cold water/Gatorade, snacks, smiling volunteers, and PbJ sandwiches. 

I didn’t know anyone else riding, so it was just Mortadella and I for the duration of this ride. 

The course is beautiful.  Not all corn and soybean fields. It crosses the two rivers- Iroquois and Kankakee many times. 

I found myself riding completely alone for most of the ride. It was nice to simulate what the Ironman will be like in 9 weeks since you can’t ride less than 6 bike lengths away. 

Before I started, i made sure to spray sunscreen all over so I wouldn’t be burnt to a crisp.(I also carried the sunscreen with me and reapplied several times)  In the first mile I rode through a huge gnat cloud and suddenly had 100’s of bugs stuck to me for the next 7 hours. 

The first few loops I felt great! I was cruising easily around 17-20mph.  It was encouraging to see my pace improve so much- I owe it all to Zwift trainer rides. 

It was ridiculously hot out. And sunny. And windy. I usually never feel super sweaty but during this ride I was dripping.  
There were long stretches where I was riding into a headwind and my pace slowed to a crawl of around 11-12mph. This was very discouraging. I have no idea what the actual wind speed was, but it was like riding up a 7% hill.  

I felt really good about nutrition during the ride. I would eat half a PbJ sandwich and some cookies at each rest stop- around every hour+. I also drank around 5.5+ liters of electrolytes. Despite all the hydration, I lost 3lbs on this ride. 

More open roads. 

I was so ready to be done around mile 67. The headwind made me so frustrated. 

One thing I noticed was tons of empty beer cans along the road. Driving under the influence is a thing here?

Mile 75 rest stop. I didn’t refill my 2nd bottle and wish I had because this was the last stop before the finish at 103 miles. I got really thirsty after I finished my last 1000ml bottle of cold gatorade. 

Mortadella enjoyed the ride immensely. I’ve been thankful to never have any problems with this bike. 

Smiles at 75 miles. 

One of the two rivers. 

Random sign around mile 90- a contrast to the usual signs in this area. 

Celebratory pic back at the car after 103.86 miles. 

I finished this years ride about 15 minutes slower than I did in 2016. I attribute this to being at a different part of the training cycle- I’m early for 100 right now. But also due to the headwinds. 

I got home and ordered ramen and tried to relax. Ze just wanted to play ball. Typical. 

Looking forward:


Incorporate more intensity/intervals on the bike during my shorter workouts. I don’t want the wind to kill me in Louisville like it did yesterday. 

Research the IM Lou course so I can plan for hydration/food. Basically create a plan for race day nutrition. I find not eating a ton makes me feel best. 

Find one or 2 more outdoor rides before October. 

69 days to go!


  1. You're living my dream, so I loved every word. I almost feel the heat and the gnats stuck to the sunscreen ... eeewww! As for the beer cans, when I see them in the ditches in my rural area, I assume the culprit is high school kids. Their cars are their adult-free zones in which to party on the weekends. If the beer can dump site doesn't look like a remote, hidden field perfect for a gathering of friends, it is from their dumping the evidence as they drive. Not cool; it's been a "thing" in rural IL long before I was a teen in the '70s. Best wishes on kicking that cough and being able to add your swim training!

    1. Thank you for the kind words :) totally makes sense about high school kids. I forget how common that is- I remember being shocked working the night shift at Mc Donald’s in high school and seeing so many people with open containers.

  2. 100+ miles? Wow! I will probably never do that in my lifetime - unless I take up cycling that is. I might be "forced" into it with my new job at the bike place! Ha, ha. Also, those gnats sound nasty. Too bad it happened so early in the day. Oh well, sounds like you powered through it. Anyway, I'm happy to hear that CB's condition will clear up on it's own. Whew!

    1. It’s totally doable. I think riding long like that is 97% mental. It gets pretty boring after a while unless you’re with friends. But it’s a great accomplishment.

      Thank you. CB is already looking a lot better. And is acting normal.

  3. I think it's great to get the big miles in now, if it doesn't mess up the other disciplines. Why not? You need to get used to it. And it was totally the headwind slowing you down - don't feel bad!!!

    Are you feeling healthy enough to swim this week?

    1. It was only like 2.5 hours more than what my plan called for lol. But I didn’t think it would impact me that much. I recovered quickly from the ride so it was worth it. The headwind was awful! Omg.