I prepped all my bottles, set out clothes and got everything ready Friday night, so I wouldn't forget anything and I could make the transition times between each segment efficient. I headed out on my own Saturday morning, and the first day of fall dawned pretty quiet, with only a few cyclist and runners out on the roads, and of course the ubiquitous garage sale early birds. I took the first part of the ride easy, then gradually increased the pace until I was working pretty hard for the last half. The 90 km went by pretty quickly, and soon enough I was back at home to switch gears for segment number two.
|Morning solo roll out.|
|Being followed by my mobile aid station.|
|Ride #2 of the day.|
|Heading down the road for the last 10 km.|
I was pretty happy to see Jason at the end of my run, but had to choke back a couple of tears as I was exhausted, sore, and by that point running on fumes alone. After a shower, compression tights, pizza, and Netflix I was feeling a lot better, but my legs were still pretty much on fire. As expected, I tossed and turned all night (I never sleep well after a hard workout), but to my surprise I feel better than I thought I would today. Not that I want to run today or anything - and Coach Kiki if you're reading this, I am definitely looking forward to my upcoming recovery week!
Looking at the calendar, I know there will be the final big push during October. I am ready and looking forward to the increase in hours and intensity. I feel like my running is slowly improving - I am not really running faster than ever, but I think I can hold my pace longer and not slow down as much over the last half of the marathon. Cycling - I still have a lot of questions around where I am at and where I'd like to be, and am hoping and know that my coach will be challenging me over the next month. I can't wait!