Saturday we joined close to 80 riders and covered the entire Ironman course. It proved to be beautiful! So many varying levels of ability with a one shared goal….finish and enjoy the journey. The energy this group was sharing was priceless! We chatted before and after the day’s events and shared training information on what works, what has not worked, how much we are all eating, and the often feel the need for napping. LOL!
Sunday gave us the opportunity to run much of the marathon course. Only a handful showed up and we were off. The pace out of the gate was faster than I like to start so I fought the urge to get pulled into it. I wanted to focus on my HR target and feel good for the entire distance. My strategy worked perfect. (now I need to apply this on the bike. I am listening coach!)
As for the Ohio River…. Not near as bad as I envisioned. One thing is still certain though…. 2.4 miles is going to be a LONG way.
Overall this weekend was just about the best thing I have been a part during training. I am glad to have driven the 12 hours round trip and even more than happy about my efforts following being sick last week.
From here out my training only continues to ramp up. The days are ticking by faster and faster.