Sunday, July 19, 2009

Old and New

The goal of the week, quite frankly, has been survival. A 6+ mile run during the middle of the week is just not normal for me, and I calls it like I sees it. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed it in a "let's kill myself and smile" kind of way. It just... crushed me.

Coach knows...

Up till the weekend, the workouts were light, yet sufficiently challenging. A couple of bikes, a swim, a light easy run... One would think I would be on the road to recovery. No? No....

OK. Yes... but I'm kickin and screamin along the way.

In a show no mercy kind of way, Coach prescribed a 2.5 hour and 1.5 hour run this weekend. Take that with a grain of salt. I told Liz I loved my workout block, and I do. She wanted me to do hill repeats, but let's face it. Unless I go up to the freakin mountains, there is no such thing as a 5 minute hill here in Georgia. One to two minute hills, we got those coming out the wazoo, but a five minute hill? Not so much.

Keeping with the SPIRIT of the workout, I headed to Cartersville, the land of hills and beer, to do my ride. I got up early, again, and arrived in the parking lot at 7:50 AM. Unfortunately, I had a bike kit bag malfunction, and was not able to get on the road until 8:15 with my spare tubs, canisters, and tools stuffed into my bike jersey and bento box.

I really enjoyed getting back to The Bud Plant ride. Something old, something new, dontcha know? I downloaded the new routes for 2009 and downloaded it into my Garmin (Thanks, Kim!). I gotz this fear of getting lost. With queue sheet in hand, I set out for my ride. The route changed quite a bit. There is still plenty of hills (remember, we gots tons of those little ones). I found myself riding the old route backwards a little. Everything went splendidly. I told the Garmin I wanted to do the route at 18 mph, and for the most part, I did fine. There was this one part where one minute I was three minutes ahead of schedule and the next time I looked I had fallen behind. WTH?

That was about the same time the Garmin told me I was off route. and the cow showed up. No kidding. There was a 2 ton cow walking down the road unsupervised. I laughed. He looked really cute with a 152 tag in his ear. He gave me this "I can totally take you look", and I laughed and rode off.

I was very grateful that the new route avoided all those hills at the end of the old one. I WAS TOAST. I still beat the Garmin by over 2 minutes, although the Forerunner 50 reported the mileage as 48.4. I also thought that I would wear my 2XU compression sleeves during the ride, and I say. Never again!! I was so glad to get them damn things off my legs. They are great for recovery, but riding? Not so much.

Saturday night, I decided to rehydrate with beer. Yea. It's been a while. I slept in too. Funny, I woke up at 6:30, 9:00, 9:15, 9:30, you get the idea. I came downstairs, had coffee, made breakfast for Dee Dee and the kids. Before you knew it, noon was fast approaching. Not to worry though. It is downright pleasant here in Georgia, in July. Unbelievable. I went for my run at noon, complete with Fuel belt, and gels, and THE most pleasant breeze for the entire run. I chose to do the 8.3 mile hill route in my neighborhood. My legs felt surprisingly good, and at times, I had to hold myself back from cutting loose. It was a good thing to, as coach wanted me to run for 15 minutes in Zone 3 at the end of my run, and by that time, I was definitely feeling it.

Zone 3, by the way, comes easy in my neighborhood.

1:28:33 ended up being my time. Not a stellar run by ANY stretch of the imagination, but I executed the workout perfectly, and I'm not so much hung up on time anymore that I even care. I got more workouts coming this week ;-)

I hope y'all had a great weekend!!

Wes

13 comments:

Missy said...

This sounds a little bit like me this weekend! Nice job and can YOU believe this weather...in July? It rocks, feels like fall almost. I'm NOT complaining. Just think a run in the afternoon - unheard of in July. Friday nite was my 'bender;)'

Great job on all the workouts. What's next for you?

teacherwoman said...

Nice weekend, Wes! We have been having abnormally cool temps here as well. Geez, it was 50-some degrees Thursday and Friday... so not July!

LBTEPA said...

You mean you didn't do the extra minute and a half? Wes, Wes, Wes....
((hugs))

Darrell said...

A cow!! Wow!

It's seriously hot here, there's no way you'd be running after 10:00 around here right now.

Great workouts this weekend, on to next week!

Karen said...

Morning Wes... sounds like you had a good weekend... Great ride and run. I especially like the beer!

Jess said...

Glad you got some cool July weather!

Annette said...

Nice work on the runs! Tough workout your coach has you doing. Lucky it wasn't too bad for running in the afternoon. I like it when I can take it easy before a weekend run, but not lately around here. It's too hot by late morning.
Cracking up about the cow encounter! :)

Carolina John said...

oh, tough one. you better get some hill work in. i'm dying for some too. but 5 min hills are tough to come by up here. and i need hill work on the bike.

Ryan said...

Cool and comfortable during the day in GA...In July?

How much beer did you "rehydrate" with?

scott keeps running said...

Pleasant in Georgia in July? Hmmm...sounds like you've had a case of sun-shock. :)

It was never pleasant in July the four years I was stationed there... :(

Stuart said...

A cow, no Bull!

I rode on Sunday, finished at noon 110f on the thermometer in the yard!

Kevin said...

Great job on the training. I've never done it, but I know some people like to do hill repeats over at kennesaw mtn

Runner Leana said...

Great workouts this weekend!! Nicely done! Glad to hear a noon run in your neck of the woods is nice. Gotta love that!