Have you ever had one of those workouts when everything just seems to come together? When your nutrition is spot on? When your body feels strong? When you end the workout feeling great instead of worn out?
Well, this past weekend, I had an absolutely awesome training day! I had a 5:15bike/1:00run brick to do. The weather was going to be perfect, unlike last weekend, so I was excited to do this outside. I met up with my friends Bine (she's doing IMFL), and Kathleen at Dare to Dream. Bine brought along another girl, Julie, who is doing IMFL too. It was a little chilly when we headed out, but non of us complained because we were just grateful to be outside riding.
I have really been focusing on my nutrition for my long bricks because they're really the only workouts that kind of simulate race day. I am pretty positive that I have my nutrition down and I'm sooo happy! I know that nutrition will be a MAJOR factor for me at IMAZ!! So, one of my goals for this workout was to test out my nutrition again.
We were all keeping a good pace and having a great ride! We basically did an out and back, and the ride was going really well until the turn around. At this point, the winds really started picking up. The place we were riding is basically out in the middle of nowhere. PLUS, there is no shelter from the wind because there are just wide open fields all around us. So, when the wind picks up, it's tough! Julie started dropping further and further behind. She was just having a really difficult time with the wind. At first we were riding at a slower pace so she could kind of keep up with us, but eventually, we had to make a decision of what to do. Bine had a little powwow with her and Bine, Kathleen, and I just decided to keep going. On one hand, I felt bad leaving her behind, but on the other hand, these bricks are my big training days and there's a point when you have to do what's best for you. Plus, the whole reason why I get up so early to do these bricks when the sun comes up is so I get home at a reasonable hour and still have time to spend with my family. I still felt really bad, but we all knew going into the ride that we would be dropped if we couldn't keep up. But still.... What would you have done?
Anyways, we kept on keeping on and I felt really strong! We were pushing the pace, because we all needed to get back, but it was tough out there! At some points, we were pushing it and only going 13mph!!! The last 10miles were the worst! We had to climb lots of rollers and my legs were really feeling it! I was a little worried about how my legs were going to do on my run, but I just tried to focus getting done with the bike.
Finally, we reached our cars! Woohoo!!! Now, it was time to get ready for the run. I did a semi-quick transition and headed out for my run.
Right from the get go, my legs felt great! I looked at my Garmin and saw that I was running around an 8:00 pace. Woah...better slow down! BUT, I tried to slow down, but my body just wanted to go! So, I stopped looking at my Garmin and just started running by feel. I could tell I was pushing myself, but I felt good! I got to the 30min. mark, then turned around and headed back to my car. I kept waiting to hit some sort of "wall," but that never happened. I think I had a smile on my face throughout my entire run. :) I got back to my car and just spent a few minutes soaking it all in!
I felt great. I felt strong. I felt confident. It was an awesome feeling! :) These types of workouts make all the cruddy ones soooo worth it!