Saturday, May 26, 2007

Testing My Limits...

10:30 AM
Run: 3.1 Miles
Time: 27:53
Pace: 9:00

11:00 AM
Bike: 24.4 Miles
Time: 1:48:52
Avg. Speed: 13.4 mph

12:54 PM
Run: 3.1 Miles
Time: 33:48
Pace: 10:55

Packed up my gear this morning and headed on out to Donaldson Center for my workout. Arrived around 10:15 this morning. I decided last night that I would do my own simulated Duathlon instead of just a bike and run. The plan was to do a 5k then jump on the bike and ride the full 22 mile and then jump off and do another 5k.

Started my first leg right at 10:30 and the legs felt good. I knew it was going to be a fast (well, for me anyway) just checking my pace as I ran. Came in at one of my fastest times for the 5k distance 27:53 which is right at 9:00 min pace. By 11am I was on my bike and off on the second leg of my workout. My plan for the bike...just have fun...and boy I had a blast. I didn't really start getting sore until about mile 20 when I noticed a little soreness in my back and my right arm but no biggie. I did go an extra 2.4 miles on the bike and arrived back at my transition with a bike time of 1:48:52. I little slower pace then my past rides out there but speed was not of concern. When I jumped off the bike my first thought....Oh boy this hurts...but I gathered myself took about 4 minutes or so and started off on my final leg and second 5k. About 1 mile in I had to stop and walk and take on about 8oz of water. I walked for just a few feet then got back to it. I had to stop and walk a couple more times but I kept at it and finished in 33:48 just under 11:00 min pace. I was exhausted but very pleased with my workout.

Almost a full year ago I did my first 5k and my time was 34:30 around 11:07 pace. So, to do a 5k, ride for 24 miles, and still come in under that time for the last 5k is just awesome. I feel ready to have fun next weekend and I know, based on today, that it will be a challenge but I'm determined to just go out and have a blast. When I got home I had about 16oz of Powerade and a nice cold shower. I'm a little sore but feel great.


Last night me and the family went out to what's called Freedom Weekend Aloft. A bunch of the local eatery's and all your typical fair games and rides are out at one of our parks for the next few days. The have about 50 plus hot air balloons that take off and give rides and what a cool sight it was last night watching them all take off. My daughter (age 4) has never seen a hot air balloon and she was just overwhelmed by the sight, very cool. Check out the cool slideshow of pics from last night...


I was able to survive the cravings and not eat all the good smellin' food they had out there but it was not easy as my wife and kid are sucking all the good food down. More importantly we had a great time as a family and it was the highlight of my night. I think we may go out there again tonight and goof around playing games. Maybe I can win Gracie a big stuffed animal!!! Hope everyone has a great Saturday night and be safe! - Jason

14 comments:

Wes said...

That's what I like to see. Someone besides me who knows how to get READY for a a race! Very, very, nice!!! You are going to smoke that duathlon. A little adrenaline and your blood a pumpin. Oooh. The thought of it gets me excited. Where is this race ;-)

Jason The Running Man said...

The race is in your neck of the woods..well sort of. Elberton, GA.

robtherunner said...

Great workout, Jason! That's the way to test yourself.

Michelle said...

Wow, great workout, Jason!! You've come a long way in the past year!

And great pics, too! Your daughter is too cute!! I bet she had a great time!

Mike said...

Jason- solid workout there! It's always nice to see that kind of improvement vs. prior year eh!?
Keep chopping!

Pbear said...

Cute pics and a great workout...you have inspired me...I guess I shall go run now :)

Randy said...

Way to go Jason, that was some aweseome effort on your part.

J~Mom said...

WOOHOO Fantastic workout!! Great pictures! Your daughter is adorable!

David said...

Nice job avoiding the negative food! The compound brick is an eye-opener, huh? Hay is in the barn now (training wise), so do your taper and get a solid carb load cycle in, and you should have some fun next weekend.

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Great job with the simulation. That second run really hurts, doesn't it?? The more you practice it, the easier it gets to manage the pacing.

Looks like you are ready. Great improvement in the running, too.

MaryGinder said...

Wow. That's all I can say. Wow.

Mendy said...

Good job on going out to Donaldson and doing a practice dualthlon. Just relax some this week, and the best part about the race next weekend, is having fun! Make sure to enjoy it! You'll then be back for more, maybe even a Tri next.

Darrell said...

Very nice work on that practice race. You deserve to be stoked about that last 5k. Take it a little easy this week and you'll be ready to rock and roll on at the real deal.

Bigun said...

Great practice, welcome to the world of Multi-sport. Soon you'll add another 2-3 hrs of workouts to your week in the POOL! Good luck on your first Du - now you know it's nothing but a thing...