10 weeks later...more efficient..more economical..!
I think it's been 10 weeks since my last LT test where my power improved by 30%! Took another test this past Tuesday, my pre-IM test which showed no increase in power but did show my blood lactate level drop 1.2 which means I've become more economical and efficient in my efforts- pretty sweet before a long distance! I had initially thought that I under-achieved my test but leave it to coach to school me on that one! And he is right- I am a completely different athlete now than I was last summer- much thanks to him!
Speaking of last summer vs. this summer. As you know, last season, I finished my first Ironman with IronTeam, and decided to hop on board this season as one of the volunteer staff. I have not trained with them much this season nor have I been the Community Captain that I had wanted to be and there are many variables to that. For some people, calendar template training works and for some, they don't. I fall into the don't category as I found out last year! When I decided to ask Chris to coach me, I knew that I would have to stick with his plan and work only as hard as he wanted me to work in terms of efforts in focused workouts. Every training session has a purpose, the prior to the present, the present to tomorrow so it was almost impossible to incorporate TNTs training into mine but I tried where I could. I do feel bad for not being around as much for the Team but I will be around more after CDA. With most of the Team workouts based in the East Bay, the commuting back and forth definitely puts a toll in training and recovering which is also another reason I haven't been around much. Perhaps, after CDA, I will put in more of my volunteer efforts with the Team! Anyway..enough about that!
Saturday- big workout for Chris' CDA athletes- known as the Dave Scott triple brick (20 mile bike, 5 mile run, 20 mile bike, 4 mile run, 20 mile bike, 3 mile run). Bike at race pace Z3 and run at IM pace. Caesar and Ted left the city at 4:45am and started at 6am in Napa. I decided to leave with the later group of myself, Kara, Brian, Dana and Jennie at 6:30am with an 8am start on the Silverado Trail! It was a hard but a good workout! Felt strong for the most part with the exception of the last bike loop as head wind started to kick in during the afternoon- not fun!! After Dave Scott? XL Pizza and a pitcher of rootbeer to wash it down- awesome!!
Sunday- Congrats to Heidi & Alex! Heidi is a dear friend of mine and I can't imagine two people who are better for eachother! Best moment of the day? When Heidi pulled out a kleenex from her boob to Alex during the ceremony Classic!!
Two weeks from now, I'll be on the run course at Ironman Coeur d'Alene!
Swim- 1 hour and 38 minutes
Bike- 5 hours and 59 minutes
Run- 6 hours and 10 minutes
Total workout- 13 hours and 47 minutes