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.