Today is my 11th wedding anniversary to Shani. Hard to believe it has been 11 years. This year’s gifts, a convection oven and new office furniture! (We did a cruise for our 10th) For those that wonder, you can’t train for an Ironman without a supportive spouse. That is why I know how lucky I am.
After heading out for some Cinnamon Rolls to cook in the new oven this morning I managed to get a short ride in for about 30 miles. The cool part was the temperature of 70 degrees at the start. I have not been able to get out on the bike much this past month because of work, holidays etc, so it was nice to get out for a little cruise.
Tomorrow is the last long run of the marathon training with a 2:15 effort +/- 17 miles. I can’t wait to be done with that one. It is not that I don’t enjoy running, I just have not enjoyed training for the marathon.
Yesterday I managed to get a swim in during lunch which was fun since I have not been in the water for a few weeks either. I felt suprisingly good for such a long layoff. A couple of weeks back I had swam with TJ Fry, a local phenom here and he did some underwater video of our swimming. He pointed out that I had some slipping with my arms underwater probably causing me to give up some pull when I get tired. Now I just try and keep a steady pull from start to finish. The good news was we did some 50’s on the :40 and I was pretty comfortable coming in around :33.
We also headed by our team sponsor’s new bike store BikeLane now off of I-45 and 242. The place was huge and must be a dream for the owners to have such an awesome location. I know they will do well there. Ken the local mechanic is legendary around here and you would not dream of taking your bike anywhere else. He is going to order me up some new Time pedals for the Q-Roo.
I also sucked it up and signed up for the Lonestar Qtr IM in Galveston in April. We go their every year and I happen to be the 2 time 35 – 39 AG champion! However, I am going to keep the long stuff at bay for a while longer this season and only race the Qtr. These guys do an awesome job with the race and it is always fun to go. All though they started a new 70.3 race in New Orleans the same weekend, I look forward to supporting Keith Jordan and the Galveston Community.
Lastly, my friend Mike brought what my wife refers to as the Nerd Box, that is the Honda Element. I have to admit, it is a pretty cool car for endurance sports. But it does look like a box for endurance nerds.