Saturday, August 05, 2006

22 Days and Counting.....

Playing a lil' blogger catchup which seems to be my m.o. lately....anyway, let me get the training stats outta the way....nothing exciting *yawn*:

Lunch Swim
2500 Yards Total
50 minutes
1 x 1000 free
1 x 250 TI Drills
1 x 1000 free
1 x 250 TI Drills

Bike Post-work
Very, it sucked
1:34 total time
27.6 miles
17.6 MPH Ave
124 HR Ave

Another Glorious Lazy SOA (sit on my ass) day off. What a waste though...Nike has incorporated an "Enjoy the Summer" policy of letting us take off at noon on Fridays for the month of Aug / 1st week of Sept.....I ended up running errands....took my car in for service, went to the bank, got a bite to eat...etc then all the fight was gone. I ended up watching "Match Point"....definitely not a feel good movie.....

In other bad news, I dropped in for an appt with the Nike PT about a nagging pain in my has bothered me off and on for the last year but not bad enough to affect any of my training. It seemed to have gotten worse in the last week but a switch of shoes seemed to have helped a bit. I wanted to get her opinion on it though and she said it was a very mild case of Plantar Fasciitis...NOOOO!!!!.....glad I found out now so I can try and treat it aggressively. I had a bad case ages ago where I couldn't run for several months so didn't even think this was the same thing she did mention, that I immediately started, was to wear shoes at all times to support the arch (don't go barefoot in your house!)....sportin' the nike frees while walking around the the arch peeps!

2 thumbs up on the Nike Structure Triax....the update to this shoe is awesome. The last iteration of this shoe was a bit stiff but this new one is great right out of the biased opinion anyway! ;-)

I wasn't looking forward to this workout but figured any extra dosage of hill work would help so I decided to do hill repeats up Bald Peak. This climb killed me on the monster brick last week so that weighed heavily on my mind as I spun my way to the base of the climb. I figured this was the closest simulation to Richter Pass I had around my hood. It is 4.25 miles from the base to the top and it "stair-steps" in a similar fashion as Richter althought it doesn't have 3 distinct is a pretty tough 4.25 miles though. I did 3 repeats up the hill and then hopped off the bike for a quick run. The legs were feeling pretty good and I was able to maintain a 7:25 pace....

Bike Stats
3:14 Total Time
49 Miles
15.1 MPH Ave
145 HR Ave

3 x Bald Peak:

Transition Run
28:14 Total Time
3.8 Miles
157 HR Ave

Finally, for IM Canada, I am rolling the new Conti Comp 06 Tubies with Vectran flat protection (thanks to my girl Deb!!). I mounted them on the Zipps to stretch them out and plan on taking them into the bike shop to get them properly mounted / glued early next week.

Taking off the currently mounted tires WAS A BEEEYOTCH!!

*take note Steven*

After a half hour, drenched in sweat and with two nice blisters on my thumbs, I was finally able to wrestle the tires off the rims. I didn't have too much of an issue with the tire that was glued/mounted by my prior shop in Cali but the tire that was glued on by the local shop here ......holy crap......felt like they used cement to mount it. I'm thinking it may have to do with recently applied glue vs. the other tire being mounted over a year ago. I'm glad I was able to finally get it off but after that nightmare, I will DEFINITELY carry a razor on the bike during the race. I figure if I flat, I will slice the tire in half with the razor and and then yank it off kung-fu style vs. trying to wrestle with the glue and trying to pull the intact tire off the rim.

Look at those beauties.....


Tomorrow I plan on closing out the week with my last "long-ish" ride and maybe a long run. Then it is time for the 3 week taper.....

Keep it rolling people!



Blogger Steven said...

Suhweet wheels, Mike! Very very nice.

Excellent job on the Bald Peak hat is off to you on that one, Dude.

And Forest Park was awesome this morning. I did a stellar 14 and karen ran her longest distance in nearly 2 years and loved every step of it.

22 days?! Very cool. I'm so looking forward to that weekend. I guess I better get my Ironman sign-up items in order...i.e $$$

Take care, Buddy, and keep it rolling.

PS - we went to Rock Creek Tavern for dinner tonight and a little spin in the G35 afterwards...and I stumbled on a new hill for us for next training season. You're going to love it, trust me. ;)

10:54 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I have the exact same tires. And used to have the exact same wheelset, but had to sell them when I upsized to 700c. :/ Those some damn sexy wheels. I love the dimples. :)

Do you ever feel like you're all pumped up and excited at work to go home and have a killer workout... and then you get home in the AC and all of its comforts and suddenly all the excitement is instantly gone? It happens to me all the time. :)

5:33 AM  
Blogger Lora said...

Holy Crap--those are NICE!! You gotta keep your girl around! You're going to look like a professional at IM!!

Oh--and nice training you got in there.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Nice wheels. Changing wheels and tires is always a bitch.

I love having days off as long as I plan them (so as not to feel guilty). The stomach bug has kind of dictated several weeks off which is really pissing me off.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Darrell said...

I think I'll stick to changes my shoes, changing tires seems like a whole lot of work. They are darn cool looking though. Looking foward to the countdown.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Habeela said...

Yay for tapers! And what beautiful shoe porn.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Donald said...

Wow, those wheels look fast! Take care of those feet and enjoy the taper.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Nice wheels..

Can't wait to see u taper up and in action on race day :)

2:00 PM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

Sounds like you're ready to roll Mike. Enjoy the taper.

7:32 PM  

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