A couple of days ago, Matt and I took a trip up to Anderson, SC to ride the course for my race. We wanted to see if it was what we expected. The night before Matt's mom came down to watch the baby for us while we rode the next day. We left the morning of and drove the hour drive to the Darwin Wright Park. Isn't that awesome that the race is only one hour away? We unloaded the bikes and hopped on the course. Within the first couple of miles there is a decent climb, but overall the climbs aren't necessarily more than we were expecting. Overall the course is good and is going to be a beautiful ride. My preview ride of the course was rough, mostly because the course is not marked, has lots of turns on back roads, which made us stop several times, and it was HOT! I hope it starts to cool down before race day. Because riding 56 miles and following it up with a half marathon in 90* weather is not really ideal for me. I followed the ride up with a 2 mile brick run in the park (not on the run course). The ride was rough, but the run made up for it. The run gave me the confidence I was looking for. Now all I have to do is run 11.1 more miles.
|I was running, even though in this picture it looks like a walk. :)|
As the week continues, so does my training. Yesterday, I did a long swim, which was just average. Then today I did another 10 mile run. This was the worst run I've had in weeks. But the good news is I ran the whole thing, no walking. Again it was hot, and I didn't have enough water. I was so exhausted this afternoon, the baby and I took a two hour nap. I don't think I have gotten a nap that good in a very long time!
More good new is... I'm only planning on doing TWO more 10 mile runs and 55 mile rides! I'll do a long ride and run next week, then vacation week, another long ride and run week, and the a rest/taper week. Now that's exciting!!! Race day is coming! The thing that keeps me going is running across that finish line with my husband and carrying my baby.
Thanks to everyone for asking about training and giving me encouragement!