Wow, has it really been six months since I posted here? That length of time matches up to the length of time since my last race! Its been a few years since I had a six month break in racing. The difference between then and now is I didn’t stop training. What I did do, over the summer, was cut back a bit on mileage and focus on speed. We’ll see how that goes when the Miami Marathon rolls around but first up, TriRock Clearwater! I did this event 2 years ago and I really wanted to do it again this year.
Last weekend was the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga and also my third race at the distance. Up until this race I would have suggested anyone looking for a great half iron distance race to consider Augusta. After racing Chattanooga I’d have to defer to this one! (Not that Augusta doesn’t remain an awesome race) The town itself is perfect for the race. There are a ton of good hotel options that are walkable to the Ironman village and transition. There are also a lot of restaurants in the downtown area that make dining easy in the days leading up to the race. I had some delicious BBQ on the Friday I arrived.
A little change from the normal Swim, Bike, Run this past weekend. I don’t get a chance to do this often but I was up in Utah this past weekend skiing at the Canyon’s Resort. I normally get 1 or 2 ski trips in a season and this was my first one. I generally go with some of my work friends and this one was no different. Just a short weekend getaway. Unfortunately Melanie couldn’t make this one but she’ll be with be with me when I go back soon. It was pretty typical for our normal weekend trips: arrive Thursday night, ski Friday & Saturday, and then leave Sunday.
Everyone loves a good deal. I’m also easily influenced by my training partners to sign up for races. Combine these two things together and…well, you end up with two marathons in a 2 month period. Previously my two closest marathons date-wise were 11 months apart. That’s basically two different race seasons! I don’t really like doing marathons too close together because they’re pretty hard on the body and I haven’t come out of any of my last 3 marathons without some sort of issue:
During my Ironman training, I spent a lot of time on nutrition. In the summer heat, I was losing fluid rapidly and it became important to have some sort of endurance fuel. Standard Gatorade just didn’t cut it anymore! In fact, even when I switched to Gatorade Endurance, I was suffering massive cramps after 3 1/2 hours on the bike. I actually got fairly desperate to figure out a fix and through my research into my problems, I decided I probably was fighting the wrong thing. I had been very focused on my electrolyte loss but in reality I was probably just undernourished. I saw a full page ad in Triathlete Magazine for something called e-Fuel and after some more research, I decided to give it a shot.