May 14, 2007

Weekend Recap, and My First Ironman Swim

This weekend left me exhausted, sunburned, and proud...

Saturday morning Emma and Anna had their last soccer games of the spring. Emma, in typical fashion, scored 3 goals for her team. Anna, likewise in typical fashion, told the coach she wanted to play on the bench instead of on the field. Too cute... I forgot my a hat and sunscreen so my nearly bald head was an ultraviolet magnet that has had me on the verge of screaming with each shower the last 2 days.

After soccer and an early mother's day lunch with my mom and sister, I went to the Y to swim. Now I'm not following any training plan, and I basically just try to get 3 sessions a week of each tri discipline plus 1 or 2 hours of stretching and strength. I knew I was going to swim, but I didn't have any set plan for the session. So I just started swimming. And kept swimming. And swimming... For an hour and twenty-eight minutes until I hit 2.4 miles!! I swam the Ironman swim!!

After that, I was exhausted for the day and went home and napped before work Saturday night.

Sunday morning I travelled a couple hours north to pick up a bike travel case that I had bought off ebay. I spent a few minutes talking to the guy selling it to me. He had bought it to travel to tris, but then stopped racing when his 6th kid was born! Says he just lost the last bit of time he had to do any training when the 6th one came. Wow! And I thought 4 was alot...

After I got home I hurried out on the bike into the 90 + degree afternoon. I had wanted to get 80 + miles, but the heat and the hills and not much sleep were too much for me. I ended up with 60 miles and 4300 feet of elevation gain in about 3 hours and 15 minutes. I went for a quick 4 mile transition run in 31 minutes, then rushed home to shower and get back to work for the night.

Here is the Garmin graph from the ride:



I'm more than a little happy that this weekend's race, the Florida Half Ironman, won't have nearly that much elevation change!

Thanks for joining me for My Daily Spin.

13 comments:

Bike Chick said...

Congrats on your Iron swim! I see Emma is a chip off the old block. :)

TJ said...

Great weekend of training. Good luck at the half this weekend!

Cliff Tam said...

TriJack,

That's a nice elevation profile.

I did my IM swim two weeks ago. Weird the day after, my arms are fine. But the weekend after, my arms are so tired.

Megan said...

Oh yay! Good luck this weekend!!! Don't forget the sunscreen this time!

Michele said...

Good luck this weekend on your HIM

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

I hope you have a great race at Disney! We'll be at The Mad Dog Race here in Tampa. We'll be thinking of you!

trinick said...

Good job on the swim and the overall weekend work out, WOW! Laura and I were out there too this past weekend getting ready for Switzerland a Florida. I guess we'll get to me you in a few days, keep up the training...

Cindy Jo said...

sounds like you're rockin' it already! Have a great race!

Andy said...

Good luck on your race this weekend. I bailed (yes I am a loser), but I am rooting for all the rest of you who are going down there.

Question: Are you in Atlanta, or the GA area? Just curious, since you have certain races that would kinda identfiy as someone living in Georiga.

Murtha...

Iron Girl Nyhus said...

Nice job on the swim!!! We are now getting into the open water here... love it! See you soon :)

Laura

ironjenny said...

Wow, DV - you are just amazing with your swim... sooo proud of you.
;-)
Travel safely to FL and give Laura and Nick big hugs from me! You guys better call me!
Have fun - Jenny

RunBubbaRun said...

Great job on thes swim, have a good race this weekend in sunny orlando..

Matt said...

Dude that's incredible. That's patience. I don't know if I could stay in the pool for a swim that long.