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Wednesday web links – Ironman news and fun bikes

I haven’t posted any interesting links in a long time! Two are Ironman related- can you tell what’s on my mind lately?!

The Physiology of an Ironman – Read about what really goes on inside a person’s body when they’re racing an Ironman, from start to finish. My favourite sentence is from the run explanation, “Just when you think there’s no way you could possibly run a marathon, another burst of adrenaline runs through your body when you hear the crowd.”

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I’ve only done two Ironmans, but I can definitely relate to that sentence!

Pure Fix Cycles – These bikes look super fun. Did I mention they’re glow in the dark? There are four options in the glow series, so you can choose how much glow you want!  If you’re not in the market for a new bike, you can also buy glow in the dark wheel sets.

Ironman Coeur d’Alene forgoing mass swim start? – I first read about possible changes to the swim start a couple weeks ago and then found this article dating back to February.

I can’t find any conclusive information on whether Ironman Coeur d’Alene will have a mass swim start or waves. I guess we’ll have to wait until the Athlete Guide comes out in a few weeks.

Also, I’m not sure how I would feel about a wave start. I was incredibly nervous for both an in-water start (Arizona) and a beach start (Canada), but I think mass starts are part of the excitement and craziness of triathlon.

That being said, safety is obviously a priority for Ironman and for racers. I was hit in the face and kicked really hard during the AZ swim, and I’m sure that’s getting off easy! I’ll be interested to see the decision, and the logistics if it is a wave start.

Mass start at IMAZ 2010.

Mass start at IMAZ 2010.

Have you read anything interesting lately?

What do you think of a wave start versus mass start?

Trainer time

With just over eight weeks until Ironman Coeur d’Alene (wow- typing that just gave me heart palpitations), I’m pretty pleased with how many training is going considering my late start and a few bumps along the way.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the saddle (although it’s an indoor saddle), my swimming is steady, and I’m hoping to slowly increase running mileage (since five miles is nowhere near 26.2).

Over the last three weekends, I’ve pedaled away on my trainer for just under 16 hours. Here are some interesting numbers:

  • I watched five movies, five tv episodes, and parts of two pro bike races (Paris-Roubaix and Amstel Gold).
  • I tested two chamois butters (dznuts bliss and  chamois butt’r).
  • I sweated buckets.
  • I drank 5.5 litres of liquid (water and Nuun).
  • And I ate a lot.
  • My dog came down for kisses no less than a dozen times.
  • I broke a new record: five hours straight on a trainer.
  • I rode two bikes and love the fit and feel of my new one.

On Saturday I rode on my trainer for five hours. It definitely took some mental toughness, but overall I’m not struggling with riding inside yet.

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I think I’m enjoying it for a few reasons:

  1. I know it needs to get done. Living in Alberta and signing up for a June Ironman may not be the best idea since our weather isn’t conducive to long outdoor biking before mid-April, if we’re lucky. If I want to make it 180km on June 23, I need time in the saddle regardless of whether it’s inside or outside.
  2. I feel safe. Sometimes I get pretty scared riding on the highway. Every fall, I thank my lucky stars that my husband and I had another safe riding season. Riding inside is cutting down on the dangers of the highway.
  3. I enjoyed a nice physical and mental break. When we were in Asia, I had five weeks off of biking (minus our fun day riding cruisers in the hutongs of Beijing). Training wasn’t a priority. I felt fresh coming home and have been looking forward to training sessions.

There are also cons:

  1. No wind or other natural elements to work through.
  2. Chafing seems to be worse inside without wind to dry sweat!
  3. I miss the fresh air, farmers’ fields, and actually riding somewhere!

I’ve said it a few times before, but hopefully I can get out on the road soon. Technically I could ride outside right now, but when it’s barely above freezing on the weekends, I just can’t make myself get out there and freeze for hours.

I went out for an hour last Thursday and plan to ride outside for an hour this evening. We’ll see what the weekend has in store!

What’s your drink of choice for fuel? Do you prefer indoor (trainer, treadmill) training or outdoor? 

Home from the holidays

From the beaches of Thailand, to the Great Wall of China, to the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, our trip was absolutely incredible.

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We were gone for 32 days, stayed in seven places, went from +39 degrees Celsius (49 with humidity in Bangkok) to -15 (Great Wall of China near Beijing), ate too much food, and experienced a lot of culture!

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We got back late Thursday so luckily had the weekend to do laundry, get the house in order, and catch up on sleep before heading back to work after five weeks off.

And of course, pour all our love onto this guy that we missed so much!

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I’ll do a few recaps of our trip, but for now I just wanted to pop in and say hi!

I’m sure this week will be a busy one getting back into the swing of things at work and doing my best to {smartly} pick up training for Ironman Coeur d’Alene, which is now less than 14 weeks away!

What are some highlights from your life when I was away?

 

Post IM

After Kelly finished we headed to the food tent then went to get our morning clothes as we were both soaking wet and cooling off quickly. We spent a bit more time around the finish area before heading back to the hotel to get cleaned up. Thankfully my parents were there to help us take our bikes and transitions bags back. It would have been another event in itself to carry all that stuff!

At Arizona in 2010 we had really wanted to go back to the finish line but were just too exhausted to drive back after we showered and ate. We knew that this time we had to go to cheer on the final finishers.

My parents came back with us and we stopped at a mini donut stand along the way. I was tortured all week walking by the amazing smells so rewarded myself with a bucket!

We cheered a bit and went for more food. I was pretty tired and my legs were toast. My parents had a super long day cheering so went back to the hotel and Kelly and I set up near the finish line. The grandstands were full so we headed a little further down where we could see people heading out to the turnaround and then again heading to the finish line. The crowd was rowdy and the participants were incredibly inspiring.

We could see people come in, know how far they had to go, and hope they could make it before the 17 hour/midnight cutoff. After the last vehicle came by, we all moved in to create a narrow path for the people to run through (Tour de France style).

(If you look closely, you can see the runner coming up on us!)

Everyone was cheering like crazy and I was completely emotional hoping that after all their efforts every person would make it. The looks on their faces were of pure determination. Kelly and I were yelling, as was everyone around us. We looked on with fear as one girl missed the midnight mark by 12 or 16 seconds. There were a few people coming in after that we stayed to cheer, but I was devastated for them. I was so proud they still pushed through to the finish even though their times would show DNF.

Twenty-six people finished within the last 10 minutes. The last official finisher came in at 16:59:55, with 5 seconds to spare! It was incredible!

Kelly and I were absolutely exhausted after that last rush of adrenaline so hobbled back to the hotel to crash. We woke a short four hours later to go for breakfast and then wait in line for the finishers gear. We stood for over two hours!

I got sorer as the day wore on, and on the drive home the next day I really stiffened up. However, by the Thursday I was feeling pretty good, walking normally, and taking all the stairs at work.

Recovery

We took six days completely off before going for a short, shakeout run.

Since then we’ve been enjoying long hikes, I’ve gone on one bike ride (that I surprisingly loved), and a few runs. They’ve all been short, and only one was speedy. I also did an intense circuit yesterday that has left me ridiculously sore!

What’s next?

I hope to maintain my fitness without overdoing it for the next few months. We had such a great time and remembered how much we love big events…so we signed up for Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2013!

It’s on June 23, but I hope to take a relaxed approach again and just take training as it comes. Hopefully we’ll both be injury-free (hence the not overdoing it right now) and can prepare for the race in a few months time.

What’s your favourite post-race food? Have you signed up for any races next year?