Saturday, September 12, 2009

Flying Solo

Let me just say this- I love my training partners! They are awesome. They are reliable. They are dedicated. They are consistent. And they are strong.

But let's face it, when you're doing an Ironman, even though you are surrounded by fellow competitors, you are out there alone. Given that, it's good to know that you can spend hours and hours and hours (and more hours) alone with yourself while riding and running.

So to prove to myself that I could indeed spend so much time with myself, I did my long brick solo today. And you know what? It was awesome.

Part of my enjoyment of the training day was simply the fact that I just love training right now. But another part of it was that it was really pretty darn nice to not have to chase anyone on the bike. There's something to be said for going your own pace sometimes. So while chasing those guys around all spring/summer has made me quite strong on the bike, being able to ride long without redlining myself in the first 30 miles was great.

And guess what? When I don't redline early on, I'm stronger in the end! Huh. Who wouldda guessed? ;) I saved the 3 x 10 minute hard intervals for the last hour of the ride, did them into the wind, and felt super.

Off the bike, onto the run. Jen told me to run an hour today, which is only about 20 minutes longer than I usually go, but somehow it felt daunting. Maybe it was the anticipation of the 4 x 2 minutes HARD I was supposed to do toward the end? Seriously, who runs intervals at the end of a long brick run???

Um, I do!

I did an out and back route that usually takes me right about an hour, sometimes just a bit over. Downhill to start, which was nice while I was getting my legs back after that ride. Then I was running right along the ocean. Kam Highway isn't exactly Ali'i Dr, but I pretended it was today as I was running and enjoying the scenery. I didn't feel like I was pushing the pace at all, but I got to my turn-around in 29:17. Hmmm. Maybe a little too fast? Maybe I'm screwed and will end up walking home since it's mostly uphill going back.

Turn around, start my intervals. I was pleasantly surprised that when I wanted my feet to turn over faster, they did! And I was even more pleasantly surprised at the end of the run when I saw 58:16 on my watch. Seriously? I negative split that run? Uphill coming home? I've never done that on this route. Ever.

So I was extremely pleased today with how all the training is coming together. 4 weeks from right now I'll be done with the Hawaii Ironman (um, I hope!!). Not sure what I'm going to do with myself when this is all over? Start sleeping in I suppose. And stop using up all the ice in the freezer as fast as the poor little ice-maker can produce it. Scott will appreciate that. :)

14 comments:

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Great job out there Michelle! I know exactly what you mean about the training partners...and sometimes just good to get out on your own.

NICE JOB on that run - that is GREAT!!! I agree: the hour seems so much longer than 40 min...hang in there.......

Roo said...

Sounds like a great workout! I agree about riding alone. Sometimes I just don't want to stare at someone's wheel.

N.D. said...

It is so inspiring to hear how much you love training! congrats on doing it alone!! it is hard, esp after training w/ people all the time!

Beth said...

I do the majority of my training by myself - I've always told myself that it makes you tough, nobody to pull you through when you feel bad or nobody to encourage you (just like in a race!) so you learn to rely on yourself. Either way - GREAT training! Sounds like you are READY!! Woo-hoo!!

DC Running Mama said...

Wow! I can't believe it is only four weeks away!! Great job on the negative splits!

Rebecca DeWire said...

It has been so fun to follow your training post-baby and you are clearly in fantastic shape!!! I can't believe that Kona is only 4 weeks away.

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

4 weeks! I can't wait to hear about it! You are such an inspiration, I can't even imagine being at that level! One day, one day!

Angela and David Kidd said...

Awesome. I can't believe the big day is only 4 weeks away. Sounds like you are ready to rock.

Ange said...

excellent job!! those workouts are so good for our confidence arne't they. Love hearing about them...they sound a bit familiar!! :)

X-Country2 said...

I love that you love training so much! I can't believe it's only 4 weeks.

Sara said...

It's probably nice training solo too because there's not much "alone" time these days :-) And I have an idea for when the big race is over...you can go yardsaling (is that a word?) with Sara and I!

Katie A. said...

Couldn't agree with you more! I really, really love that running is a solo sport when it comes down to it (and biking, of course.) I enjoy pushing myself when I think I have nothing left and then when I do it, having my own little party!
Glad the training went well, and good job on the negative split!

Regina said...

Yeah! Don't you love it when a plan comes together?

I am a loner...A long training session alone sounds perfect!

Charisa said...

Whoo hooo awesome work!!