04.26.10 — Last Hard Effort Before St. George

Type: All Out Ride
Distance: 21.86 miles
Time: 1:01:49
TSS: 152.4 (What? Really? Yup!)
Average Watts: 269 watts
Normative Power: 273 watts
Average Heart Rate: 149 bpm
Total Work: 1,001 kJ

Are those numbers for real? I have to tell you I felt fantastic this morning when I started to pedal and just kept pushing and this was the ride that came out of me. I should have done this ride on Saturday, but a sprinkler project that was projected at 3 hours ended up taking me closer to 9 hours, so I lost the time I had scheduled to ride then. I decided to take it out on my pedals this morning.

The two days rest really did wonders for my legs. Today’s ride is the last hard effort before my race. I decided that I will probably run three or four tomorrow or ride for 45 minutes. Either way, I will take it super easy for the workout. I need to let my legs absorb the great effort that they were able to put out today. Here is the graph:

Ironman St. George
For those of you who are interested, my race number for Saturday is #1240. My wife and friends will be out in force for the race, and I am really confident that I am going to have a great day. The feedback that I got from you people on my pacing strategy has been fantastic. I am going to try and make it back to the finishing area to support the midnight finishers, so I doubt I will be posting any results here Saturday night. I will spend some time on the drive home Sunday to put together a race report, but I am not 100% positive that I will have it done by Sunday night. Your best bet will be to check back here Monday morning and I will hopefully have everything done by then. Mrs. Hot Wife will be taking some pics that I will try and get up by then too.

It has been an interesting road in preparing for this race. It is a funny feeling as you approach the completion of one of your huge goals — it is almost a relief to get this done. I am having a tough time focusing on anything else right now and man I hope to make it through my taper without going nuts…

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...