BRICK

It was way too hot today for April!  It got up above 90°F and was sunny all day, so I waited till almost 7 before doing my brick.  I set up my shoes for running so I could “transition” on the front porch.  I rode about 14.2 miles in 1:01, but I think I went out too hard on the first half because I really had to work to keep up the pace on the second leg.  I felt a lot more comfortable riding today than I have before.  I’m really getting the hang of the cycling shoes and clipping out.  Clipping in is lagging a little bit, but I’m sure I’ll have it mastered soon.  I’m definitely more efficient with the clipless pedals, even if sometimes I still forget that I should pull up and push.  I think my heart rate was too high when I got off the bike, so I’m going to need to remember to spin a bit more and try and get it down during the race.  My transition was quick – definitely under 2 minutes, but all I did was take my helmet, gloves and shoes off and put on socks and running shoes.

I had a hard time starting out on the run, it was uphill and I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath.  My legs were okay though, which is good.  I didn’t have too much of the “jelly-legs” sensation.  Once I got into a rhythm I picked up the pace a bit and ran for 3.1 miles.  The whole workout was about 1:40.  Most importantly, after this workout I still feel quite confident about my performance next weekend.  I know that I can run the whole distance on tired legs, which is one thing that I was a little worried about.  I am ready!  I just keep repeating that to myself over and over.  I am ready.  I’m working on putting together my final race plan for the rest of the week and race day preparation, so look out for that tomorrow.

6 days left.

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  1. #1 by Amy on April 27, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Nice workout! I still haven’t tried a brick yet … although I’m getting to the point where I think I will have to pretty soon.

  2. #2 by Susan on April 27, 2009 - 5:33 pm

    Ohmygoodness, I didn’t know your race was so SOON! I’ll be sending you good vibes all week, can’t wait to hear how it goes!

    I’m a little nervous about the clipless pedals on my bike…I have visions of falling sideways with my feet stuck on the pedals 😛

    • #3 by Kristin on April 27, 2009 - 10:59 pm

      Thanks, Susan! I can’t wait for my race, I’m so excited.

      I definitely fell twice the first time I was out on my clipless pedals. Just make sure you have a soft landing spot and don’t put out your hands to catch yourself. 😉 You’ll be great though, I’m sure you’ll catch on right away. If I can do it, you can do it. I’m the biggest clutz with the worst balance!

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