The 4th

I haven't been able to update my blog much lately because Charter still hasn't fixed my internet. It's amazing. Their techs skip appointments and their billing department lies about applying credits to your account.

It's really frustrating. My internet works from time to time, but most times it goes a lot slower than dial up. I think I'm going to give Charter one more week to fix this mess or I'm going to switch internet providers.

Enough about those morons. I've been doing a lot of base training, just getting in as many miles as I can. There's only 2 months of IM training left and I'm starting to feel the pressure. If I don't get enough long rides and runs in the next 8 weeks I'm going to be in a world of hurtin on September 7. Plus I have the Spirit of Racine Half Ironman coming up in 2 weeks.

4th of July: With the day off work and the forecast looking perfect, I got up early and headed out for a century - 2 laps around the IM loop. This was my longest ride on my tri bike. Around mile 75 I started to feel fatigued and that's when I realized I haven't ridden more than 56 miles in a few months. Maybe I should've done 75 miles, but I was committed at that point. My power kept dropping toward the end - along with my speed - and my legs were shot by the end of the ride. I had planned a 2 mile run afterwards, which went surprisingly well considering how tired and sore my legs were. That's encouraging, but 2 miles is nothing compared to 26.2. I definitely need to get my endurance up. Even though I got really tired, I'm very happy with how the ride went. I faded at the end, but still finished in 5:18 so my average speed was good. And my nutrition was good, so I think I'm on the right track. I just need more miles.

Today, Cheri and I are heading out for a long ride - probably 45-50 miles, and tomorrow we're going to Pleasant Prairie for some open water swimming and a run around Lake Andrea. Cheri's triathlon is next weekend so she wants to get in another open water swim, and swimming in Lake Andrea (where the tri is) is great. The water is incredibly clean and they have a lap lane for open water swimming that's .1 miles long, which is really cool. Then there's a path around the lake that's 2.3 miles so you can easily do a swim/run brick. It should be a good workout.


bigmike600 said...

A century in 5 hours is pretty good. I wanted to ask you if you have ever swam at Lake Ripley in Cambridge? We went there yesterday and the set up is FANTASTIC for open water swimming. The swim area is buoyed off from the boating area and the water was excellent and is tested a couple times a week. You can swim out and around the buoys and each lap is about 400M.
Sounds to me like your training is going good. I am going to be a bike catcher at IMWI so I will take extra good care of your bike when you come in.

Anonymous said...

damn charter, you should tell them where to go. I hate it when big companies dick around - it's never their fault and they are always so unwilling to sort things out.

sounds like the training is going well, I bet you're glad you are so organized with it.

I'd watch this bigmike600 chap if I were you, "I will take good care of your bike" sounds a bit dodgy to me ;)

hope you had a great 4th of July. Abby and I went to a diner, which was really quite authentic, so that was a winner, no fire works though.