Catch Up

by klassman

All the experts — real and self-proclaimed — say that there is no catching up when you miss workouts and fall behind on Ironman training. Look ahead, get back on the plan and go forward without dwelling on what didn’t happen. Not so with a blog where I can go back and catch up.

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Last weekend the whole tribe went to Raleigh to visit with friends and to watch as Dana and I swam at Lake Jordan. It was big fun. She covered 1.2 miles in 45:12 or the same time that she had a year ago when she swam a mile in an open water swim. I ended up third overall with a 57:47 for 2.4 miles. The Lake Jordan swim was the first time that Dana and I raced together and I really liked it although we have some things to learn about logistics. I nearly missed the start and Dana could have used a bit more time with the port potty lines.

I think this is the first race, of any kind, that I did not get a personal best time going back more than two years. Reflecting on this point has been interesting. I swam well, felt strong, and generally had a good morning. (Sighting was bad, I selected the wrong goggles and my time was slower than IMLP 2012 split by more than four minutes.) Also, I know that it is freaky and a fluke of amateur athletics to have so many consecutive best times. But I liked my streak. I didn’t talk about it. It was more like a no-hitter in the dugout — I knew, but did not speak of it. In a word, I was proud. Pride lays us all low. It is a good reminder. And notwithstanding the broken streak, we had a blast.

After the race the tribe rallied for a family portrait.

After the race the tribe rallied for a family portrait.

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About two or three weeks ago, I met this woman on a ride. She too is training for Lake Placid. She was nice and is quite speedy and lives in the neighborhood. Maybe I pick up a few tips.

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I did the Whole30 nutrition plan in April. It more or less worked for me. I really miss desserts and chocolates but I’m not failing throughout the day, have lost some weight and generally continue to improve my health and fitness.

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I’ve nearly completed my long-ride/run transition from Powerbars to Bonk Breakers. The impetus was the Whole30. Neither is compliant but the Bonk Breakers are made with more food and fewer additives. They are also more expensive and harder to store on the bike. But, I’m figuring it out.

Also, I’m behind on training. The comparison of my planned training versus actual training for last three weeks have not been stellar. But, there is always been tomorrow. A big ride plus a 45 minute run is scheduled for the morning before we all go to the first evening movie of the summer shown in the playing field of the neighborhood school. The series is sponsored by a dear friend who is a local businesswoman and stalwart for the community.

I cannot wait.

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