WEEK 22 – May 23, 2016 – May 29, 2016
As usual, my wonderful wife keeps pretty close tabs on me during my training. She knows the effort involved and makes sure I don’t overdo it. But lately she has been on me about under-doing it, in particular the swim. Some may call that nagging, but it is really just loving concern. The schools had their final week of classes this week and therefore adjusted the pool hours to end midday, effectively keeping me out of the pool for another week. And I am still waiting for my in-ground pool to be fixed.
I had convinced myself that missing a week or two of swimming wasn’t going to affect me, but when my number one fan is concerned, I guess I had better think about it as well. I guess I will add some upper body strength training (which I loathe, by the way) in the interim until I can get back into swimming.
The Ironman related Facebook pages that I follow were also talking a lot about swimming too, mainly in regard to a condition called SIPE – Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema. It appears that this condition may be a big cause of many of the swimming related fatalities in the Ironman swims. I read up on the topic and even listened to a podcast that discussed it, and truthfully I have never had any of the symptoms of this condition. But it pays to be aware of them for sure.
As far as the rest of the week of training is concerned, it was somewhat of an easy week that tapered down slightly toward a Half-Iron distance race in the plan for Sunday. Since this weekend happened to be Memorial Day weekend and my youngest daughter had a soccer tournament, the best day to do this trial run was Saturday. There was too much going on to do an actual race, so I did the training on my own. The day started out slightly cool with somewhat threatening skies, but it never did rain. I stuck to the Old Plank Trail in order to have some shelter available to me in case I needed to dodge a storm. I ended up doing almost exactly 56 miles, averaging 17.5 mph.
After getting home, I changed into some non-sweaty running clothes and headed for the 6.55 miles out and 6.55 miles back. But the threatening skies turned sunny, and I had neglected to put on sunscreen. I was starting to cook. But I had plenty of water, GU and Base salt with me and I kept up with it. Of note, I ran the 13.1 miles in 2:01 which was pretty much my best effort for the conditions. I had run the Frankfort Half Marathon a month earlier in 1:35. Interesting how much slower you run when you precede it with a 56 mile ride and do it in 80 degree weather.
Upon getting home, I could tell that I had over-done it somewhat. A shower, some rehydration, and a quick dinner made me whole again. I think I pushed a little too hard on the bike and didn’t hydrate as much as I should have. That’s what training is for, learning from the mistakes.
WEEK 22 TOTALS:
Swims: No swimming this week 😦
Bikes: 3 total, 5 hours, 87.5 miles
Runs: 7 total, 5 hours, 34.6 miles