I’m a week late on the IM19 recap…
If all goes well this week will be a two-fer…
No promises though…
Last week we fled the premises…
Training while on vacation is a first and while ideally I would’ve preferred the trip to fall during a recovery week, it didn’t happen that way….
Such as the training calendar turns…
St. George Island and Apalachicola are TINY!!
No condos, no malls, no grocery outlets….
The beaches were beautiful; porpoises swam as close as 20 feet from shore, pelicans hung out with kids on rafts, otters would cross the road in the middle of the day, and it was so quiet you could hear the fisherman talking offshore.
Very slow-paced and the perfect place to get some quality training in AND some quality recovery time!!
I finally got to spend some time in an outdoor pool and let me tell you, I do not know how you folks do it…That pool was 89-91F and felt like I was swimming through waves of warm pee. I couldn’t swim more than 250 yds without stopping to allow the sea-breeze to cool me off some. The Biloxi natatorium, where I log my swimming yardage at home, is a constant chilly 80-84F and while it’s a bit frigid to start, after about 800 yds things feel pretty good. No longer will I dream of swimming in an outdoor pool thank you very much!! I got the work done, but there were no real endurance sets or speed sets for that matter. It was just a matter of putting my head down and grinding out some laps, around 9000 yards total for the week….and refilling my water bottle A LOT!
THIS was the best place to ride! sorta…
The island has 2 roads that travel from one end of the island to the other. One of the roads has a “bit” more traffic while the other is where the golf carts, scooters, and tandem bikes travel. I told you, it is LOW key!!!
This little sliver of land is only about 22 miles long, but it is a straight shot with very few stops. But don’t let the flatness of the terrain confuse you…. these were no easy rides! The wind out here was brutal. Fortunately, we’re use to breezy conditions on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. It’s not uncommon to have 10-15 mph winds in your face for hours on end! It was a good thing too because once we got out here, the winds were blowing 15 mph or so, but there was NOTHING to break that wind….no trees, buildings…NOTHING….It was like peddling in the middle of the ocean. But work is work…watts are watts and so we just put in the time and enjoyed ourselves. We got a few 90 min rides in and then a I logged my 3.5 hour long ride as well. I was just under 100 miles for the week and considering the conditions I was doing some seriously good work and feeling damn good doing it. I was very happy with this week of riding!!
These days the run is about survival. It’s always hot, it’s always humid, and it’s always hard. Success is only having to stop on the mile to water down with a hose instead of every other minute. The combination of acclimation, salt consumption, shade, and moving at a snail’s pace finally allowed me to “run” again.
It was still miserable, there is no way around that when it’s over 90 F and a humid swamp, but it is what it is…Like the pool, just held my head up and grinded out the miles focusing on what I could control….form, breathing, hydrating and managed right about 20 miles for the week.
The best part of the week….without a doubt….was the recovery…..
Ahhhh, what we could all do with more free time like this, huh??!!! 🙂
Now it’s back to reality for a week or so then we head out to Texas to visit family and get a little summer race action in as well.
I vaguely remember saying, a few years ago, would NEVER, EVER… race in Texas, in July again…
So the story always goes….
Never say never!
Train Happy, My Friends!