Sunday, July 18, 2010

Timberman Scout & Week Update

Timberman Scout
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.

Weekly Numbers
  • 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.


RockStarTri said...

I did Tman last year. I found the bike back harder than the out (probably because I went out too hard and blew myself up). There is great support along the run.

I've booked my Placid trip! Heading up Friday night. Don't know if I can ride or do anything yet with my hand but we'll see.

Tricia said...

great week

Kat said...

I sure hope Bailey is ok. If you've seen pics of my dogs on my blog, you know what a doggie person I two are my kids and I absolutely LOVE them. The thought of anything bad happening puts a lump in my throat. We (Casey dog, Riley pup and I) are sending all kinds of positive energy your way!

Lucas R. Tucker said...

Glad to hear Bailey is up and smiling.

DRog said...

Great news Bailey has turned it around.

Good job training this last week, all around!
especially good news on the run and on the mend.


Johan Stemmet said...

Glad to hear Bailey is OK.
Great weekly numbers, well done

Jon said...

Great news to hear about Bailey!

So the bike course has a little bit of everything, right? I think the worst part of the run course is near the turnaround when you are running right along the highway there and the sun will be beaming right down on you. Then on the way back there is that large hill. Its not large if it was a standalone, but it feels like Everest after 56 miles on the bike.

Cya this weekend! If I am about to cop out again, you have to drag me kicking and screaming to the signup for Lake Placid 2011. Deal?

Whitarican (White-A-Rican) said...

Very cool to do the course prior that will help a lot. I so wanted to do this race as well but was worried about Rhode Island...Now I know I could have signed up for both but too little too late. Rock it out!!!

Unknown said...

Bailey: Raw meat and bloody bones diet...Alys recommends it! Licks from Alys as well.

One day I hope to do the Timberman, even though it is far from here, great to hear about the course and your fun on it! :)

Caratunk Girl said...

Rock - SWEET, see you at IMLP! Sucky about your hand though.

Trisha, Luke - thanks!

Kat - Thanks, he is wagging his tail now!

Derek - Thanks, I hope to hear the same from you regarding the run soon!

Johan - Thanks! I am trying to get out there as often as I can! :)

Jon - See you at IMLP. You are signing up for 2011, I am not giving you a choice! :) RE: Timberman, the run is going to be a scorcher.

Jason - MAN, wish you did sign up! Next year?

JM - Bailey would like that! Timberman! Since I have seen the course I am even more psyched. Hope to see you there sometime!

The Green Girl said...

I'm so glad you did this training ride so you know what to expect.

Unknown said...

Hey Mandy,

Glad to hear that Bailey is doing better - you and Bailey have been in my thoughts this weekend!

Sounds like you had a fun training ride & run. That is very cool you get to ride the course before the race, should make a positive difference!

Christi said...

Great training ride and week! Congrats!

Matty O said...

First off WOO HOO FOR BAILEY! Glad he is smilin again :)

Second, dock intervals?!?! LOVE IT HAHA! Gotta love your take to the swim, everyone else talks about laps and you talk about docks, love the down home girl in ya ;)

Solid training numbers! It looks like you will be more than good on your HIM. Your numbers are all there so you should be able to just coast on through :)

Keep up the good work!

Aimee said...

Aww...I'm so glad Bailey is doing better! Yay! :)

Yay for getting to test ride the Timberman course! Good job on your brick! I rode my HIM bike course this weekend too and totally underestimated the amount of water I needed too. I ran out with 30min. to go...not good! I think hydration and nutrition are definitely key to having a good race!

Woohoo for your awesome training numbers! :)

Caratunk Girl said...

Green Girl - Thanks, me too!

Jeff - thanks, I think we need more of your thoughts after last night. I hope the ride helps in the race!

Christie - thanks!

Matty O - Thanks, I am not doing cartwheels yet, but at least he is better than he was! If you ever come up my way we can do some dock intervals, it is kind of funny. I hope you are right about the training!

Aimee - Thanks! I am happy I got the ride in too. Very cool you rode your course too! WATER! We need to remember water!

AM! said...

GIRL! you are doing some serious training!

Also, wanted to say...thanks for 'stalkin' me yesterday for Vineman! I could feel your good vibes!;-)

Maria said...

I'll be thinking of Bailey this week, I hope things sort out well for you guys! Let me know if there's anything I can do...I'm pretty sure UPS will deliver dog treats!

I LOVE that picture!! Each person (L to R) is smiling a little more...perhaps the level of smileness is related to the level of insanity??

Good practice ride and run... more water and calories for sure (maybe in the form of ice cream??).

Regina said...

That is great you got to preview the course, I always like to do that when possible. It's also good that you found out what you need for the bike for both hydration and nutrition.

I'm really glad to hear that Baily is feeling better! That pic of him is fantastic. I just want to give him a squeeze! he is too adorable.

Caratunk Girl said...

Anne Marie - Great job this weekend! I will always stalk you! That sounds creepy. I mean in races and online. that still sounds kind of creepy.

Maria- You are a rockstar! Congrats on the awesome race! Thanks for the thoughts on Bailey. HA - insanity for sure! I love ice cream.

Regina - Yeah, it is good to see the course! Bailey is a cute guy!

Barb said...

It is great that you got to preview your bike course for Tman. I did this race last year and found it to be false flat (downhill) those 15 miles or so out to the turn around and then of course false flat (uphill)coming back. It was nice to expect that so that I wouldn't be 'freaked' out bike what the Garmin was saying about speeds.

I was SO impressed by how well this race was run last year. You should love it.

I am doing Steelhead this year, so only two weeks out right now.

Good Luck!

Emz said...

your weekly number are so amazing. SO AMAZING.

Awesome photo.

Molly said...

Awesome that you got to preview the course!

Hope Bailey is doing better!!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Its good to see bailey smiling

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for sharing your view of the course. I'm nervous because Im not a great climber. I can handle the flats and rollers, but Im worried about those big steep sections. We're going out to take a look for ourselves this weekend.

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