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Weeks 18 & 19 – Back on the Road

July 28th, 2009

I was finally well enough Week 18 to start running again. I started off pretty easy with just a two mile run on Monday and  three miles on Wednesday.  Thursday night that week we flew to Boston to spend ten days in New England, visiting family in Maine and riding the Gaps in Vermont.  I got in another run during  Week 18 on Saturday – 4.6 miles.  I also met twice with my trainer for legs on Monday and upper body on Wednesday.

Week 19 was spent mainly in Vermont.  I got in a hilly run on Tuesday and a flat run on Thursday in between cycling.  On Saturday I did an interval run.  My race is this upcoming  Saturday – just 4 days away and I have not built up to a long run.  Of course I will do my best on race day.  It’s a race; I always do the best that I can.  That doesn’t mean I won’t be disappointed if my best is not what I had hoped for in this race. I’ve felt great on the 4 mile runs I’ve done.  But I’ll be tripling that distance on Saturday.

I am pretty pleased with the cycling we did in Vermont.  We rode 108 miles over the three days with about 7600 feet total climb.  We were tourists and I did not ride it hard and that’s actually what I’m so pleased about.  The last day we climbed Appalachian Gap which has a 20% grade for the last 1000 M.  That’s pretty steep!  Yeah, I was grinding up it with a really slow cadence, but my heart rate peaked at only 167 beats per minute.  For comparison before I started working with my trainer, a similar grade, but shorter distance would have pushed my HR to above 180, which puts me solidly into the feeling super crummy zone.

This week is taper week.  That means still working out, but not hard.  I have to put my bike back together and I’ll do a short ride to make sure everything is right.  I’ll meet with my trainer twice.  I also plan on doing  a short run in the heat of the day to at least have an idea of what running when it’s hot is like.   During last year’s race it got up to 97 degrees during the run.  Today they are predicting a high of 82 for Saturday.  It sure would be nice if that came true.

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