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Big Day, Bigger Confidence

Today was — inadvertently — a workout-filled day. And the best part, besides the high I’ve been on since I finished?

I now feel like I’m going to Kinetic next weekend to TAKE. IT. DOWN.

I’d been planning to ride with Lauren for a week or so — not a burrito ride, as she had to head immediately down for a pre-Peasantman swim clinic — and our goal was to ride 60 or so early in the day. Emily decided to join us, as did Whitney, who will be doing IM Cozumel with Lauren. We met up a little bit after 7am — yeah, it was an early morning — on the Mount Vernon trail and headed to the W&OD for a long out-and-back.

Well, trail riding is not my favorite. It’s narrow, crowded and filled with obstacles (read: walkers, runners, cyclists, children on scooters) who don’t understand the phrase “On your left!” I think we all got really tired of yelling this, along with “slowing!” “stopping!” and dodging the crazies who refused to move out of the way. Plus, it’s difficult to just get down in aero and go when it’s crowded and you have to be conscious of constant changes in speed.

Lauren had a particularly eventful ride that involved a loose aerobar, a dropped chain and some blood, but we all made it through alive. Hooray!

Halfway out and refueling with Uncrustables (I KNOW):

*Photo credit to Emily — I fail at this.

Almost back and celebrating 1) fun rides with friends and 2) getting off that damn trail:

Rockin’ my Duke jersey — they’re ACCC champs! Also note the badassery going on with the glasses. I’m in love.

I have to say, riding with these awesome ladies is way more fun than going it alone. Thanks, girls!

With the ride back, Emily and I ended it right at 60 miles. Our average pace was just under 16mph, but I think that’s due to all the stopping and slowing. In any case, I felt awesome and comfortable for every single second of that ride, which makes it seem as though my fit and saddle problems may be solved. I definitely could have stayed on the bike for a lot longer. #adamisamiracleworker

Instead, though, I ran in, said hi to Alice and Megan and headed right back out for a short 20min brick run. 2.61 miles, average pace 7:43, and I felt awesome and strong. HELL YES. If I can come off the bike and pull out sub-8s — or even sub 8:30s — I’m going to be in great shape for Kinetic.

Sweaty and on a runners high, I agreed to hit Wilson for a swim. Why not cover all three disciplines, right? Surprisingly, I felt really great in the pool as well and pulled out some solid 200s. Though I only did 2400m total, which isn’t a huge contribution to #50KinMay, I felt great about every last second of every part of the day’s workouts.

With all of that, I’m headed to Kinetic next Saturday knowing that I’ve put in the hard work to not just survive — which is what I did in my first half IM — but to perform. I’ve got a secret goal, and I feel confident that I have a shot at hitting it.

After 5 hours of working out, you’d think my first priority would be stuffing my face with whatever I could find, right? Wrong. I’ve actually discovered that it takes awhile for my body to discover hunger cues after really long and sustained efforts (marathon and half IM included) so I can go for hours without feeling like I need to eat. I had a post-workout Clif bar, but I really wasn’t into the idea of a meal until later in the afternoon. I know, I know, I need to replenish calories lost, but I have to do small snacks for several hours. Anyway, Megan and I discovered Jettie’s closes at 4pm on Saturdays — tragedy — and decided to hit up Surfside instead. Emily asked while we were riding about my go-to refuel? Don’t have one, but if I did, this would be at the top of the list:

Beer and fish tacos? Another reason I need to move to the beach.

I’m off to help out with Peasantman early Sunday morning and may or may not be able to get a workout in while there. What sweating have you done this weekend?



5 thoughts on “Big Day, Bigger Confidence

  1. Thats an insane workout day! I approve 🙂 I can’t wait to seee how you crush it at Kinetic!!

    Posted by Beth | May 8, 2011, 12:25 PM
  2. Yay! What an awesome day to kick off your taper week! You’re going to rock it next weekend.

    As I said on Emily’s post, the trail was a nightmare yesterday afternoon with everything you describe and more. I can’t wait to build my mileage a bit more so that I can join you guys!

    Posted by amy | May 9, 2011, 9:02 AM
  3. You are clearly ready to kick Kinetic’s ass! Great workout girl.

    Posted by Liz | May 9, 2011, 10:05 AM
  4. bombass day. i am sad i missed it. and what are uncrustables??

    Posted by katie | May 9, 2011, 1:04 PM


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