For all of my Ironman vets, this is the part where you kick your feet back, chuckle to yourself and smugly say, “Get used to it, sister. You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.”
Most people spend the week working so that they can unwind on the weekend. I spend the week working so that I can still gear up for the weekend. This weekend’s workout includes another one of epic distances:
Friday: 3200m Open Water Swim at Barton Springs (which I accomplished this morning)
Saturday: 90 Mile bike ride followed by a 1 hr run off the bike
Sunday: 13 Mile Run and plenty of stretching before, during and after the Superbowl
That bike/run brick is a little daunting at the moment, but it’s all part of the deal! Tomorrow’s task (other than the obvious) is to really work on my nutrition!
BARTON SPRINGS 3200 M SWIM RECAP
My longest open water swim in my life up to this point! Woo Hoo!!
The workout was broken down into chunks which definitely made this new distance for me less daunting. I’ve been doing 3200 m in our pool workouts, but I’ve never done it in the open water arena. Check another thing off the list and accept this new deposit into the Bank of IM!
2 x 600m = 12:39, 12:41 (2:06) pace per 100m)
3 x 400m = 8:25, 8:24, 8:27 (2:06 pace per 100m)
4 x 200m = 4:10, 4:17, 4:09, 4:18 (2:05-2:08 pace per 100)
I’m consistent if nothing else! If I swim that evenly throughout the race, I’d be on pace for a 1hr24min-1hr25min swim. My original goal was 1hr 30 minutes at very best. Now, I know there are a lot of factors to consider, such as 1800 other athletes vying for the same space in the water, but with two months still to go, I’m feeling pretty good and right on target!