It has been a weekend of training and I am exhausted! On Friday, I got back on the lifting wagon with the TRAINER and yesterday I biked 27 miles. My rides up in Door County inspired me to explore and create some new routes around my house. This morning, I was scheduled for a BRICK. I pumped up my tires and set out my running shoes and hit the road.
I don’t usually rock the bandana (although there was a summer in high school where I thought they were quite fashionable), but I was hoping it would keep the sweat out of my eyes and contacts during my bike rides and runs. I am trialing it before my next triathlon in two weeks. I headed out north along some quiet roads. I even found some other bike groups riding along Bartlett Road and Penny Lane. Bikers are such a friendly and welcoming people which always makes for a fun ride. I rode 90 minutes (a little over 20 miles) and then changed shoes and went for a 45 minute run (close to 5.5 miles). My goal is to finish the 10K during the tri in ~55 minutes. I was surprised to see that I was running around 8:30 minute miles today. It was my longest BRICK training to date and when I finished, I was beat. I probably could have gone out earlier to avoid some of the heat, but I think it was good to be out running in the hot and humid weather that I will most likely encounter on race day.
I recently read in a bicycle magazine that a slushie is better at cooling the body than iced water. The magazine suggested it pre-workout, but I thought I’d give it a try after my run. I was hoping to avoid the dehydration that upsets my stomach after long hot runs.
I combined 1 cup G2 and 1 cup of water with some ice in the blender. The consistently was a little off so I added some fresh blueberries and raspberries. It was a very refreshing post-workout drink, but unfortunately it didn’t soothe my stomach.
During my last few bike rides, my gears and chain have been slipping, so I decided to take my bike into the shop for a check up. I also picked up some Cliff blocks and a bento box. Afterwards, the BOY and I went to Whole Foods for lunch and groceries. We had a quiet afternoon at home while I caught up on bills and laundry. I made myself a mid-afternoon smoothie using the Tera’s Whey protein mix that I bought at the TREK Tri.
This powder has 22g of protein and only 5 g of carbohydrates. It is a good recovery drink after a long workout. I made the bourbon vanilla flavor with unsweetened almond milk and added some frozen blueberries and mango along with some ice for a thicker drink. If you are interested in trying this ‘somewhat’ local powder, you can find it at Whole Foods. I am excited to try the chocolate next!
I am officially all signed up for the Bang’s Lake Olympic Triathlon in two weeks. After today’s workout, I am exhausted and pretty sore. After completing my 2 hour 15 minute BRICK, I am not sure if I gained confidence or scared myself even more. It’s going to be a hilly route and most likely a warm and humid day. Wish me luck!