For Hanukkah, I was the happy recipient of the Garmin HRM-Run which is the Garmin heart rate strap that goes with my Fenix 2. I used to be interested in HR training but that was several years ago and honestly I wasn’t really ready for that level of training. Its hard to go for a run and target Zone 3 when every run puts you into Zone 4 and walking was never an option for me. Its really been the last couple years where I’ve gotten very consistent with my training that I realized I could make use of this type of feedback.
Maybe a bit overdue but its less than a week after New Year! So what went down in 2014? It was really the year of falling records and big accomplishments. Nothing was bigger, of course, than finishing Ironman Florida. You can go read the whole race report but it was just an awesome experience. I’ll scratch that itch again in a couple more years.
One thing I learned about my body during the riguers of Ironman training was that fueling for endurance events before, during and after training sessions and races is far more important than I ever suspected. A big challenge I had during training was initially towards the end of long, hot rides in the summer and cramping. It was something I resolved through the time tested technique of trial-and-error. Something I never really got a full handle on though was how to refuel my body correctly so that my workout the next day was valuable. The end result was ok on race day as I performed at the level I hoped but with better nutrition strategy, I think my training and racing at events from Olympic through Full-course (Ironman distance) races would be drastically improved. This should also help me during running season as well.
I’ve hit a pretty big goal with the completion of Ironman. For many people, completing a goal race is such a big deal there’s nothing past that. That can be very dangerous! All of the work you put in making it to that goal can quickly be lost if you stop training after the race is over. I find the best way to avoid something like this is to have another race planned and ready so that there isn’t a reason to take a break. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy but make it something you’ll look forward to and you won’t be tempted to give up all the conditioning you just gave your body by taking up the sport of Channel Surfing.
Finally! Race morning! When I woke up on Saturday, around 3:45, I immediately noticed the very ominous howling noise. It sounded like a freight train was going by outside. I grabbed my phone and looked at the weather. Uh oh. I had a bad feeling when I saw that there were rip current warnings. But I put it out of my mind and continued my morning prep. Hugo and I got dressed and drove over to the Walmart parking lot to take a shuttle to our special needs bags drop off. It was COLD. I was not prepared for this weather at all. Leading up to the race I bought arm warmers for the bike and had packed gloves with fingers for the bike as well. I brought multiple running shirt options as well. I was feeling prepared to race in cold weather. I was not prepared, however, to walk around in it. I had flip flops on (of course) and my Space Coast marathon pullover was all that was keeping me warm. Once we made it to Pete’s condo, after pumping up our bike tires, we had a nice breakfast and Hugo, Maria and I headed to swim start while Kari stayed warm in the condo a little longer.