Monday, July 5, 2010

Back from the bike

Spent the long weekend at our good friend's Sunny and Emily's house in Amagansett, NY. This is about 10 minutes from the start of the MightyMan Half in Montauk that I signed up for on 10/3. Since I had no access to the gym and I would have no idea how far I could swim in the ocean, Max gave me 3 straight days of biking. I didn't do the exact course, because I have no bike GPS and did not want to grip the instructions in my hand. I was able to do a good portion of it and outside of some possible wind, the course was not bad at all.

There were a ton of people there and we hadn't seen our friends in a while so I had to modify the distances Max prescribed.

Day 1 I was supposed to do 56 miles, but finished 47.5 in 2:38:55 for an average speed of 17.93 mph. Considering how sore my legs were from the workouts leading up to this, I was fairly pleased.

Day 2 was supposed to be 28 miles, but it is 15 and change from the house to the lighthouse at Montauk so I went there and back. Total mileage was 31.4, finished in 1:40:06 for an average speed of 18.82 mph. Was surprised this was so fast as I was feeling a bit beat.

Day 3 was supposed to be 56 miles, but my friend Sunny wanted to go for a ride yesterday, so I went out for about an hour and finished 19 miles in 1:03:41 for an average speed of 17.90 mph. Then Sunny and I went out for a 20 mile ride, we didn't really push it and I didn't time it. It was good to be out with him. We hit some good speeds every now and then.

I find that my gearing on the bike leaves a lot to be desired. I feel I am always in the wrong gear when I get to the harder part of the uphills. I am no longer fearful of downhills, but wish I could get this gearing thing down as I am sure I lose valuable speed and momentum.

Back in the NYC today and it is hot. At the time of me writing this (8pm) it is still over 90 degrees. Went to the pool for the 500m swim/50 squats/400m swim/40 squats/300m swim/30 squats/200m swim/20 squats/100m swim 10 squats. Could not get a lane, so I had to share with 7-8 other swimmers who were actually slower than me (I know, I was shocked too!). I had to ask at almost every length if I could go ahead of people. They were nice and everyone said yes. I finished in 43:39. I still have the goggle marks from keeping them the whole time, even while squatting.

1 comment:

  1. Great job on the bike and swim - I hear you on the 'gearing' - I do the same thing and have started to only focus in on my cadence while riding - it has helped so far.