Final workouts before the race

By Skip

Am I ready?  Heck yes!  You think everybody else is ready for me to smoke them on my mountain bike?  Probably not and I probably won’t be smokin’ anybody but I am looking forward to trying!

I have not blogged in the past couple of days as it has been busy at work and I have had very little time to do anything else other than work and workout.  Today, my wife and I headed down to Key Biscayne to the event to drop off the bike and pickup my race packet…. as you can see from this graphic to the right, I am number 450…  So I guess that means there are at least 449 people I will be up against.  And here I thought there was only going to be a total of about 225, based upon the last Miami Nice triathlon.

Let me reflect on my workouts previous to this day.

Thursday… Tempo Run:

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    I had an awesome run today.  After I downloaded my data, I don’t know why, but  it says I only burned 85 calories…hmmmm…. my Garmin has been acting funky a little bit lately.  I tested my heart rate monitor and it was waaaaaayyyyyy off.  I ran with a second heart rate monitor on and that one was kicking out proper numbers, as expected. I really need to call Garmin to find out what is going on.  I did this run after a short bike ride back and forth from the pool.  I could not swim due to the pool being full and lightning in the distance.  I came home and started running and I suddenly realized that I had not stretched.  I kept a mental note of all my muscles and was prepared to stop in case I felt some pain.  I was fine the entire time, luckily.  I tried to keep a 6:30 pace the whole time… was kind of hard to do.  I was able to hold that most of the 16 minute tempo main set that I had on my schedule.  The warm up and cool down I was averaging 9-10 minute pace.

Friday…. The last swim:

  • I got up early this morning and headed to the pool. There was only one other person there. I quickly completed my drills for the day and left feeling confident about Sunday’s race. I need to concentrate on my upper body strength to increase the speed of my stroke and the power. This is clear to me now. 
  • Riding back and forth to the pool, this was the first time that I had a chance to ride since I took my bike in to have a tune up.  I have to say, I am severely disappointed in what kind of service I got.  Obviously they looked at my bike and did not take it seriously.  The brakes are still “light” and are making worse noises then when I took them in.  All  they did was straighten the brake pads.  Secondly, they greased the chain but now I am getting more strange noises.  I realize I don’t have the best bike in the world but common!  I paid them money to fix things that they didn’t.  Now it is too late and I will have to race with what they gave me.  Oh, one more thing… my Garmin speed and cadence sensor has stopped working after getting the bike back.  I have to try to get that working again as well.

Saturday morning:

  • I headed out on a slow and easy 20 minute ride just to keep some juice in my legs.  I am noticing a little soreness in one of my legs and I think it has to do with the stationary bike workout I did the other day.  Just feels odd.  I was working some different muscles than normal.   At the end I practiced riding and taking off my biking shoes so when it comes to dismounting I will be wasting no time!    I am just worried that my shoe will hit the ground, come un-clipped, and I will have to turn around to pick it up.  That would suck.

So I am off to bed…. I have everything packed and the alarm set for 3:30am.   I put some Tiger Balm on my sore leg and wrapped it up so it doesn’t get all over the sheets.  Hopefully it will feel better in a couple of hours.  Goodnight and I will see you tomorrow with race results in hand.

Filed in: Biking, Biking Equipment, Running, Sprint Training, Swimming, Transition, Triathlon • Saturday, August 28th, 2010

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