Not wanting to waste this refund of my time, I set about the business of training. Friday I got in 2600 yds in the pool. Today though, today I paid the man.
I headed to the lake and rode 2 loops and some change for 20 miles. Then I packed up my bike and headed out for a couple of miles on foot. Repeat until this whole mess had been executed three times.
It kept threatening to rain but it never did.
It was warm, windy and super humid. And I relished every minute of it, because it is sure to be all of those things in Galveston. It's been cold for all my long rides so this was my first opportunity to train in race conditions.
Oh mah guah, the WIND. I stayed in aero as much as I could stand but the gusts blew me and my pretty blue bike all over the road. Which was really unnerving on the overpasses and bridges. I did NOT want to end up in the lake!
Now, this is a nice look.
One dude approached me and asked about my bike. It's not a brand you see everywhere so people who ride them and people who are curious often ask. I passed them earlier and his girlfriend said she liked the "pretty color." Ha! That's pretty much why I bought it too. That and it came in size "little." What can I say, I gots short legs.
No green on me; that's tomorrow.
There was a lot wearin' o' the green. I witnessed two bike crashes, fortunately no one was hurt in either. (both times they were following too closely and clipped a back tire, crash) I helped a girl fix her dropped chain. When I approached her she was on the phone with the bike shop telling them to "send a guy." We don't need no guy! Girl power.
I was beyond nasty when I was done, complete with chain goo. Need to start keeping wipes in the trunk.
All in all I covered 66 miles total. My first two runs were challenging but I managed a respectable pace. But the third, good Golly Pete. I'll be lucky to finish this half in under three hours! The wind beat me down and slowed me down but I managed to stay fairly steady on the ride.
Filthy, tired and hungry, I really wished someone would bring me dinner. Instead, I treated myself to a ginormous coke (no judgies) along with scrambled eggs, black beans, avocado and plenty of salsa. Someone is craving protein!
I blame SP for introducing me to McD $1 drinks.
What did I learn today? I need to eat more on the bike. I had one granola bar and about 3/4 of a peanut butter/honey sandwich. I just can't cram food down my gullet when I'm hot. And that's a problem. I've got to figure out a way to get calories in or I'll bonk. And I definitely bonked today. (see 12 min mile for my last run)
What do you like to eat on the bike? What works for you? I crave weird things like hummus. That's probably not going to work on the bike.