Friday morning I got up bright and early and drive to Ellacoya State Park to meet up with my friend and mentor Steve B to ride and run the Timberman HIM course. He has completed Timberman twice and it was super cool of him to come and meet me and show me the course, especially since he is not doing Timberman this year. He drove all the way from Ontario to meet up with me, and I am tremendously thankful.
We were both there a little after 8am, and as we were setting up our bikes and I was jabbering, telling stories, and laughing (I do that) when I heard...
"Mandy? Is that you?"
I turned to find my friend Winnett, who is also doing Timberman, and had shown up to ride the course. It was the most awesome random meeting ever - and of course she joined us on the ride.
I am the short one with the big goofy grin.
We had a great ride, the first 40 miles were overcast and muggy, and we were under the fireball of the sun for the last 16 miles. As far as my take on the course, I would say the first 15 miles are tough (a nice steep fairly long hill around mile 10), the middle 25 or so are flat, and the last 10 or so are rolling. There are few places where the pavement really sucks, at the start and at the end (same pavement as it is sort of an out and back) but overall I feel good about the ride. We finished it in 3 hours and 30 minutes with a few stops for traffic and red lights. I think it is realistic for me to plan on a similar finish time (or better) for the race.
I learned a few things on this ride. I underestimated the amount of water I would need and was out by mile 40 when the sun came out and the heat turned up. I am glad this happened on the training ride, I just need to remember to bring more next time. I also need to figure out nutrition a little better. I ate a cliff bar, that is it on the ride. I know, I need more fuel!
Which brings us to the run - Steve and I ran one loop of the course. We got changed pretty quickly and headed out, the sun was blazing down, it was humid, and I was running past people swimming in Lake Winnepasaki. It took all of my power not bang out a sharp right turn towards the lake and go running off of someone's dock and dive in. My legs felt good off the bike, so that was promising, but I was thirsty because I screwed up on my planning for hydration.
Steve had the foresight to drop two water bottles off at around mile 2. That was awesome. I was dying in the heat and walked a few times to cool down, my head felt like it was on fire, it is very hard to describe. Probably the crappy nutrition and hydration didn't help that situation. So I would say the run went OK. Finished the 6.5 miles in 1 hour 6 minutes, I had hoped to finish the HIM run in about 2 hours or so, and that would put me at around 2:15 for the run come race day.
Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments regarding Bailey. I don't have words to express my appreciation. He is my best buddy and I was pretty worried (still am). The good news is that he is eating, drinking, and walking around like a regular 4 legger.
Bailey is smiling again!
I think this is all thanks to the steroids he is on (I hate them, but what do I do? He is comfortable, eating, drinking, and walking now.) He is being tested for myasthenia gravis, a neromuscular disease that is treatable, although can be debilitating when it flairs up. I hope to have the results sometime next week, if they come back negative then we have some more tests to do to find out what the problem is.
- Swim ~ 2.5 hours, (all OWS) about 3 miles point to point with "dock intervals" thrown in after the out and back swim.
- Bike ~ 106 miles. I am riding 20 miles tonight though, so that should be 126 miles by the end of today.
- Run ~ 17 miles. The leg is almost better! I am steadily building mileage here.
- Total time: 11 hours - with tonight's ride I will be up to at least 12 hours or so.