Monday, April 27, 2009

Pulling the Trigger

First off, thank you to those of you that inquired about the web site work and offered suggestions.  I should probably have noted that I am handling the majority of the construction, and what limited funds I have is going to be spread out over a four to five month period and primarily go to graphics work.  Le sigh :-)  I do appreciate you one and all...

Have you heard the old saying, "Trouble/bad luck comes in threes"?  Friday was my last and least favorite fitness test for the beginning of the season.  Yup, you guessed it:  the dreaded run test.  I really liked the idea of conducting this test in a controlled environment.  I opted to get up early and get to work and do my test during lunch.

As lunch time approached, I found myself procrastinating at my desk.  Well, I needed to wait until three hours after I last ate, AND I was not looking forward to the pain.  With a sigh, I finally caved in and headed down to the basement gym.  I beat the rush.  There was nobody else there.  I changed my clothes and climbed onto the treadmill.

A rerun of Desperate Housewives was on the TV...

My instructions were to warm up easy for ten minutes, then build to a moderate pace for ten minutes, reset the heart rate monitor, then game on...

About half way through my build, two women joined me, one on the treadmill next to me on the right, the other on the elliptical to my left.  By the end, sweat was starting to pour from my body.  I questioned the wisdom of doing this indoors.  I reset the HRM and pressed the go button.

I started the treadmill at 8 mph on a 1% incline.  I felt that this was a sustainable pace for me for twenty minutes.  I was wrong :-)  I held that pace for 8 minutes before my oxygen deprived mind requested, no demanded, that I slow down.  WEAKNESS!!  I reached up and lowered the speed by 0.2 mph.

This became a pattern over the next eight minutes.  It worked out well.  As I my body tired, my speed decreased but my heart rate stayed in a very tight pattern.  I would learn later that my cadence averaged 89, nearly perfect.  The two women left my side in the 15th minute.  I'm sure they thought I was nuts.  My face was red, breathing was labored.  I looked like I could suffer a melt down at any particular moment.  By now, I was counting down the seconds.   I can do anything for five minutes.  I can do anything for three minutes.  I can...  etc...

Nothing feels quite as good as pressing the stop button during lactate hell.  I clutched the side rails and stood perfectly still as my heart rate dropped from 178 to 156 during my recovery minute.  This drop indicates I need more aerobic work.  I walked around the small gym cooling down.  I evidently missed the memo on the twenty minute cool down jog.  This is why I have a reputation an an absent minded professor!  Even after showering, my core temperature was way too high.  I sweated profusely for the next thirty minutes or so.  This did not make me happy!  Being a sweaty mess for the rest of the day was no fun!

My test results came back.  My running heart rate zones did not change from last year, but I ran faster.  My pace improved by almost twenty seconds per mile.  I am getting there...

A special thank you to my beautimous wife who has supported me in registering for Ironman Augusta 70.3.  How can you resist an inaugural Ironman event in your own state?  I am really enjoying the fact that I can actually treat these races as "A" races instead of training races for Ironman.

Let the quest for a sub 6 half ironman begin!

31 comments:

Marcy said...

I hate, hate, hate when that happens (sweating for after a you've worked out/showered) One of the grossest feelings in the world. CONGRATS on getting speedier, Mr!

YAY of HIM Augusta! That one should be a good one ;-)

Marcy said...

Excuse me I meant to say "sweating for awhile after you've . . ."

GAH WTF is wrong with me?! LOL

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

You can make that sub-6 happen, no doubt about it.

Stef said...

Wes how exciting!! Very happy for you! I agree with Chad you can make sub 6 happen. It's going to be awesome to watch, er . . . to track online. :-)

Gotta Run said...

I am already ready excited about this new goal for yourself. You are Iron ready and will reach your goal.... I feel sure of it:)

Nick said...

See ya in Augusta. Technically more of the race is in SC than GA ... but claim it if you will.

Mel said...

I WILL also see you there,,,finally I will get to meet WES:) Oh since it is your State...is it flat and how is that swim..I am scared already...ha ha!!

Annette said...

Ugh! The run test sounds miserable! But, so glad your pace has increased. Nice work. Next time read the whole memo, though. ;) You don't want to get a reputation at work for being the guy with B.O.!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

congrats on the race registration!!

Kim said...

AWESOME job on the run test wes! youre getting speedier and speedier! and isnt it embarassing when your coach makes you do something like that and you know "those other people" at the gym have no clue what youre up to?

i have to bring my bike and trainer to the track on thursday. let the embarassment begin.

Michelle said...

Yes, I definitely see that sub-6 in your future. Good job getting that test done - the way you described how you felt during that is pretty much exactly how I felt during the third mile of my race on Saturday - blech : ( But yay for getting faster!!!!!

teacherwoman said...

I hate that feeling too. I couldn't imagine having it while sitting at work.. how gross! LOL.

Jess said...

Great job on the test! That's so great that you have a 70.3 pretty much in your backyard!

Runner Leana said...

Nice job on that run test! 8 mph?? That is fast!

Congratulations on signing up for the IM70.3 in Augusta!!

LBTEPA said...

How exciting! When is Augusta?

Michelle said...

Hey Wes
Where do you find these tests that you do?

Cadence? Still not sure!

And sweating? UGH!! I sweat like a pig for hours. I shower and think I am in the clear, then boom!! More sweating!!!

Michelle said...

GOOD LUCK IN YOUR IRONMAN!!!

You ironman you!!

Stuart said...

LOL winning friends at the gym, nice job! Congrats on registering for the 70.3!

triguyjt said...

Half Iron at Augusta sounds awesome...and maybe the run can go through Amen Corner!!!!

Good tread test... Mr sweaty guy!!

Richard said...

My goal in Augusta is 6:00 We need to schedule some training time together!

Jess said...

Congrats on getting speedier, and yay for your registration for Augusta!

Shannon said...

IronWes! Yahoo, I can't wait to read all about your training. Maybe this girl will follow in your footsteps.

Missy said...

Ah, sweating in the shower, niceee. I'm sure Augusta will be GREAT and a sub 6 is totally on the table.

I always look like an angry tomato at the end of those tests OR I'm puking;)

Rachel said...

No weakness allowed! No slowing down, and NO hanging onto the handrails. I can hear Jilian from Biggest Loser yelling at you now. "This is your LAST CHANCE WORKOUT!!!!"

;)

congrats on signing up for the 70.3!

Karen said...

Here's to sub-6! That's my aim for 3 weeks time (assuming I've got over London already!!)

Good luck!

Ryan said...

Giggles!

Hey you should do the B2B half in november. It is a super fast swim and the run will be cooler you might break 5!

J~Mom said...

Great job with your tests Wes!! That is soooooooooooo cool that you are doing Augusta!!!

Kevin said...

Great news. My IM plan has me redoing SC half and I am hoping to break 6 hours too

Geo said...

Rock on bro! Rock on!!

Calyx Meredith said...

Go Wes! A sub 6 HIM at an inaugural race in your own state - totally fun. Great job on the run test too. You are rocking.

Viv said...

I am looking forward to following your journey to a PR in your back yard!