Well, as I had mentioned before, peak training is officially here. Last week consisted of approximately 157 miles worth of training.
The party started on Friday night after work with a 3500 yard pool swim. I had unfortunately bagged on getting this in during a local open water swim. Let me tell you, 3500 yards in the pool is boring, but I did it. And I can say that it’s quite a way to spend a Friday evening. Wahoo! Post long swim I went home for dinner and a movie. Thanks to Ironman training the food was devoured and the movie was turned off early. I believe I was fast asleep at 9:30.
Saturday morning came early with a 6:15 AM trip to Lake George for the Camp Chingachgook Challenge Half Marathon. I can say that it was a beautiful morning on a hilly course. I ran with my tri gal Laurie whom I haven’t had much chance to train with in a while. We took our time and walked some of the hills because truly we were in no hurry. I mean, I had 18 miles on the plan for the day. It’s about endurance, not speed. Anyway, not my fastest half marathon, but certainly not my slowest and definitely the hilliest so I was happy.
After eating some of the BBQ that is offered post race, heading down to the bike shop and then home, we finished another 5 miles of running at the crossings park in order to make it to the 18 for the day. Pace was solid, fueling went well and all in all, I felt good. After a quick dinner with some tri friends who just became Ironmen in Lake Placid it was time for another early bedtime. I’m sensing a pattern here…
Sunday morning started with a 5:30 wake up call and a 6 AM drive up to North Creek for the Adk ididaride. It’s a 75 mile bike ride through some really beautiful and scenic parts of the Adirondacks.
Ride map & elevation
Overall the ride went well. There were a fair amount of climbs but nothing was overly long or steep. And I hit a secret goal that I had for myself time wise. I’m really working on trying to beat that bike cut off in Tahoe.
As with Saturday, the weather on Sunday was perfect. I believe it was about 75 and the sun shone on us all day. It was beautiful. Once again we ate the post ride food, headed home and then hopped on our trainers to finish up another 25 miles of biking.
Luckily I can tell you that today is a rest day and I am enjoying it. I usually feel a little guilty and like I ought to be doing something. After the last three days, I do not. Although I’m a little sore (no idea why) so I may pull out a yoga DVD for a late night spin.
Anyway, all in all a good first peak week of training. How was your weekend? Tell me about it!