Tuesday, October 16, 2012

8 weeks and a 70.3 to go

when i think back to when this adventure started i would never have  imagined doing a half ironman as a training event.  but that is what i am up to this weekend and it is amazing how the body can adapt and what it is truly capable of once you put the work in.  touch wood training has been going quite well.  on sunday i was back to my normal but expanded circuit.  it is now a 77.5k lap so i completed two over a 5.5 hour period.  the wind was pretty gusty and while i was tired afterwards the ride was fun.  i have been doing some sessions on the indoor trainer (as per the training programme) but i really hate it.  i mean i really fucking hate it.  and it has made me come to the conclusion that if it really sucks all the enjoyment out of this adventure then what is the point ?  i know that it will improve my cycling and that is why i will try and stick with it 'some' (i dont mind the spinerval dvds)  but otherwise i am out on the road with the sunshine, wind, rain, birds, kangaroos and snakes.  i know my last two build weeks i cycled 11 hours each week and every ride during the week i got totally soaked in the rain and rode through one storm that included hail.  that was a personal growth time and made me reminded me that i am capable of more than i think.   

i am not happy with the ironman coach.  as i mentioned before my programme stated that i should be cycling  with a cadence around 95-100.  mine is 68-78.  i asked about this and was just told that i needed to work at it otherwise my run would suffer.  i wasnt told how i should do this.  i did some research and the consensus is that cadence is not the best bench mark.  power is.  and if chrissie wellington has the same cadence as me (or i her) then i am not worried.  but i do need more power.  maybe i misunderstood or i did not understand the extent of the relationship but i thought for my monthly payment to  coach ironman i would maybe, just maybe be asked or contacted to see how i was doing.  i can contact him and ask questions.  i may not get much of an answer or the answer i want but i do get a basic response.  last time  we spoke about my training i did the talking and that was pretty much it.  i even do test weeks but i have never been asked the results etc.  so i am really pissed off about it and while i have faith in the training programme (luckily) it would have been nice to have some support and a little feedback.  i believe it is because i am just a back of the pack age grouper with no prospect for making him look good.  my money does not buy the same thing as someone who is that little bit faster.

a few weeks ago i read tyler hamiltons book the secret race.  i have also read david millars book.  what really pisses me off about these guys is that they claim they are now just that little above it all because they have told the truth.  they are kidding themselves.  they only told the truth because they got caught.  if tyler hamilton had not been busted he would have denied denied denied just like lance. however i do believe tyler. so lance was not only the best rider he was also the best drug cheat.  it has altered my view of him.  he should not be allowed to compete in triathlon.  he will do and has done anything to win and i dont think we could trust him not to cross that line again.  it will be interesting to see what becomes of lance.  and it is a shame as he is an amazing athlete but to be a true champion he should have stood up and said no to the drugs.

i have noticed lately that not only the motorist but now runners seem to want to piss me (the cyclist) off.  they keep running along the shoulder towards the oncoming traffic.  this means that they are running where i ride.  and they dont want to move.  they want me to ride out into the traffic and get hit instead of them.  they can fuck off.  i have had enough.  and they do this where the cars coming up behind me are driving along a white line so cannot move across the lane.

the ironman journey is an experience that i am grateful that i am able to take. it has been a lonely one.  it is all consuming and i think if you are considering it you need to be prepared, organised and committed.  i dont think it is worth doing half-arsed.  you cannot miss a few sessions and think you will wing it on the day.  you will pay.

so mandurah on sunday.  i have elected to drive the 1.5 hours in the morning so that means getting up around 3.30am.  good practice for ironman day.  it also means driving down the day before as well for bike check-in.  the swim is a point to point course in the canals so it should be calm but the current might be a factor.  who cares when the shark risk there is minimal.  our beaches are being closed on a daily basis with shark sightings.  the bike course is two laps of a flat and possibly boring course.  wind may play a very big part.  the weather forecast is looking okay.  warm day though.  the run course is two laps and what appears to be a scenic route.  i have been instructed to go at 80%.  what is 80% ?  the bike will be the only leg where i have to make sure i dont go too hard.  i found myself getting a little freaked out by the prospect of doing a half without a taper.  remember it is me.  the chunky chick who started all this on a mountain bike.  but i reminded myself that i do this because i enjoy it and who gives a fuck whether i swim a little crooked or my cadence is wrong or i am fucking slow on the run.  or even if i stop and the smell the roses, smile and thank every volunteer on the course.  i just want to have some fun.


chow baby !


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