Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Final Training Push

This last weekend I got in my last good training session before tapering back my training for the Lone Star 70.3 Race (aka Ironman Texas 70.3).

Saturday, I went on a 43.5 mile bike ride followed by a 2.5 mile run. I kept up a good pace on the bike despite the traffic that always keeps the times slower than I would like. Despite the "perfect" weather forecast the night before, I rode in light rain for the second half of the ride. This was actually not a bad thing, as I don't normally ride in the rain, but I think it's good to have some training in it just in case it rains on race day. I was really encouraged by my brick run as my legs did not feel too heavy at the start and I ran under an 11:00 minute/mile pace, which is pretty solid for me, especially under these circumstances.

Sunday, was my long run day for the weekend and I ran a tempo pace run with my local running club. I got in about 9.3 miles, running under 11:00 minutes/mile again.

These runs really encourage me as this pace is about my maximum speed for a distance run, especially on tired legs. I am feeling like I am finishing up my training in a good place and I feel really good about my chances to beat my previous time with room to spare. Some of the race details have already been posted, I'm # 855 (out of 1526 that were posted), I start in swim wave 10 (of 16) which means I start at 7:45 while the first pro wave goes off at 7:00 and the last wave starts at 8:15, and I'll be wear a green swim cap (which I am sure will be terribly stylish!)


Jeff & Heather said...

Great workouts and paces for the last long training week! You're going to do awesome! Taper well, see you soon!

Amanda said...

YOu are so ready for this 70.3...I can't wait to see just how well you do. I know you're going to shatter last year's time. You've been doing so great on the training and your paces have been amazing!

Can't wait to hear all about it.

Rae! said...

Sounds good. Good ole green. That green was my first color! I wish you all the best in this race. Just remember to have fun!!!

I am super excited for you. Can't wait!!!