I know I keep comparing training for this Ironman to the training I did for the last time, but still! Wow, training the second time round is so much better.
On Saturday I went for my first long ride. Well, my first ride over 100km since 2007 and it went surprisingly well! We did 110km and our average speed was 25.5km/h. I am pretty impressed with this because the ride included to pretty serious hills. I keep remembering back to my last long training rides and can’t believe the difference. Last time I went over 100km in a training ride it was with my sister, and we did 2 laps of the Ironman route (the race is 3 laps) and when we got of the bike at my mom’s house we felt like we were nearly dead. We basically fell of and lay on my mom’s front verge for about 35 minutes before we could walk again. Our average speed had been about 19km/h! We only went over 100km in training twice before the race. How the HELL did I ever finish????????
This time I still have 11 weeks left and will probably (weather and all depending) ride over 100km at least 5 – 6 times. We are planning on doing 150 in the next couple of weeks. I think I will be so much more prepared this time! I have already cycled double the distance I did before the last race.
I also think the extra cycling is actually helping my running. I have never (and am still not) a fast runner, but my speed is definitely getting better. The changes are quite noticeable – well to me at least!
The only thing that has not changed is my weight! I know it is not all about weight and that muscle is heavier than fat – wadda wadda waddda. BUT STILL!!!!! You would think with all this training there would be some improvement!!!! Because I saw no change on the scale I took to measuring myself instead! The first measurements were taken mid December and then again a month later – mid January! Humph, yip there was change – my butt got 3 freakin centimeters bigger. How the ……….