How long can one push…push…push before they hit a wall? Well I hit my wall last night.
Before meeting the girls on the team for some practice team racing I went ahead and knock out a 5.5 mile run. The afternoons are already heating up in the high 80’s with a good amount of humidity. (Perfect practice for the heat I will endure in the IMKY race)
Mile 1 – 9:24 (warm up mile)
Mile 2 – 9:05
Mile 3 – 8:44
Mile 4 – 9:10
Mile 5 – 8:43
Mile .5 – 8:24
I arrived back at the car soaked with sweat, hydrated, and refueled before heading out on the bike. Since this was a race practice I made sure to GU and was more than nailing my fluid intake.
(picture taken from a previous race practice)
After a short warm-up we began our work at pace lining and chasing. This course has some pretty good hills and my legs immediately went to complaining. Around mile 8 both calves cramped up so badly that I was not even sure if I would be able to unclip from my pedals. (Time to add more salt tablets to the mix) I was toast and finished!
After arriving home Scott went to work at rolling my legs out. I continued the fluids and counted 6 bike bottles consumed within 3 hours. Wow! Scott had the perfect recovery meal ready for me and I all but licked the plate when I was finished.
This morning I feel exhausted and trashed. I am making the call to skip my running drills and stick to nailing my swim session tonight. I have a 11 miler on tap for Thursday afternoon so I am hoping that this decision will give my legs an extra bit of needed recovery.
Now back to more hydrating and fueling…..