Sunday Morning and Hungry

Last week I took a trip to Michigan to do some recruiting.  At Michigan State I was well out of my element and someone pointed out that I was likely to never find a qualified candidate being a graduate of Penn State.  Whoever said that was sort of right.  I did find a few people that I thought were great, but on the whole, I am just not impressed with any college student.

That isn’t the point of the story, except that I was in Michigan and had to do a run there.

The point of the story is this.  Last weekend we had a workout on our schedule and it went like this:

Bike – 45 minutes on trainer
Run – 1 Mile
Bike – 45 minutes on trainer
Run – 1 Mile
Bike – 45 minutes on trainer
Run – 1 Mile
Bike – 45 minutes on trainer
Run – 1 Mile

Done!

So, Saturday morning we were holding off on the work out.  We did other things like mow the lawn and plant some trees.  Then, in the afternoon, we were trying to decide whether or not to complete the workout Saturday or Sunday.  After a short debate, we decided to get it done.

As we started, I was having some issues with my rear derailleur.  After about 10 minutes, I jumped off my bike, took it upstairs and changed out a cassette.  This seemed to correct about 60% of the issue I was having, but it was still quite annoying.  The first set ended up being pretty easy, the run didn’t phase me at all.

By the time the second bike portion was complete, I was in my zone and had no issues at all.  Jumping off the bike with about a 1 minute tradition to put on running shoes and a hat, I was feeling unstoppable.

During the third set, I got a little bored on the bike and having done a little extra riding on the first 2 sets, I decided to cut this one to 30 minutes and run.

On the last of the trainer rides, I put on a GI Joe movie, which was quite entertaining for the last 45 minutes of riding.  For me, the bike trainer is all about finding something to zone out to, and in this case it was Chasing Amy and GI Joe.  Having had 3 awesome runs prior, I was thinking I would get off, finish the last run in about 8 minutes and then pop upstairs for dinner.  I was wrong.

The last run took me almost 10 minutes.  My legs were gooey and weren’t functioning properly.  It took me about 3 minutes before they worked properly and even then, they were tired and I couldn’t keep the faster pace I wanted to.  Either way, I finished.  Afterward, we went to get a burger from Culvers.  I was incredibly hungry after the workout and amazingly, Sunday morning, I still felt like I was in the initial stages of starvation.  Oatmeal and apples cured that.

A few things I learned from all of this.

  1. My clothes weigh about 10 extra pounds at the end of a long workout
  2. Garmin only allows 5 activities in a brick workout (come on Garmin, get it together)
  3. My legs are awesome for 3 hours, and then start to tired at 4.

I am very happy to have completed this and am looking forward to more awesome workouts prior to Austin in November.  We are now 29 days out.  Next years race schedule is being put together and we already have a race booked for the end of September.  More on that coming soonish.

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