Friday, May 7, 2010

Welcome back group rides!

Last night was the first Rapid Wheelmen ladies’ group ride of the season. I am excited to ride with the group again! However last night, I ended up doing my bike run workout on my own so I’d have more time to spend with the hubby. He had three evening work events this week, so I haven’t seen him much. I was craving some time with the man.

It felt great to be out on the bike today. It was sunny and around 60 degrees. I rode 20 miles in 75 minutes (16mph average) and then ran 2.5 miles in 20 minutes (8 minute mile average). It was a good transition into running today and a good workout day in general.

The hubby also decided to try out my new motorcycle, and I think he needs to get one now, too! My Honda 919 is so much lighter and more powerful than what he’s used to riding. He had a blast on it! Fortunately, he also maintains a healthy level of fear and respect for the machine. He knows that with a powerful bike, you have to be all the more careful out there. So do I. Even so, I love riding this new motorcycle! It’s so smooth and fun.

Thursday, May 6, 2010
Bike 20.1 mi (76 minutes), Run 2.5 mi (20 minutes)
The bike to run transition was really good today. My legs got used to running quickly and I settled into a good pace. I’ve been trying to focus on keeping a high cadence on the bike instead of brutishly pedaling for speed and climbing. It makes me ride at a lower speed overall, but my legs stay fresher for the run. I’m considering adjusting my race day bike time goal to allow for a more leg preserving ride. I think it really makes sense to have a good ride and a good run rather than a time trial ride and a miserable, dragging run. Not only will that be more enjoyable, I think it will actually be faster in the end. So my goals look more like:

Swim 0.5 miles – 19-20 min
Bike 14 miles – 55-60 min
Run 5 miles – 45-46 min

That’s a total of about 2:05 hours plus transitions. So if I finish at or under 2:10, I should be really happy with myself.

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