Thursday, April 26, 2007

Triumph Over Wednesday

My goal for this week: get past Wednesday. And I did it! Between work and school Wednesday was one of those days that pushes to see how much you can get done in a short period of time and maintain your sanity. I am proud to say that I prevailed. Woo hoo!

It has, nevertheless, held me back from properly blogging, but after next week, I’ll be free to blog way more than is really reasonable.

Despite all the work, Wednesday was in fact a rest day. I ran a really slow and easy 5.5K on Tuesday evening after work. My knee was still a little tweaky when I ran my normal pace at first, so I slowed down for about 2K. When I picked up again, my knee felt fine. So, for Saturday’s race, I might need to do a little more warming up than I’m usual. But that’s probably a good habit to acquire.

Aside from celebrating my making it past Wednesday, I will be running one last time before the race. Today I’m going to take an easy jog during lunch to test out the knee and give some GU a try. In light of my last race and my experience with drinking water (I had to run for 2.5 miles clutching my side and wincing in pain), I thought I would try something a little bit different.

So, as I run today, I’m going to test my GU-ability (opening it, gulping it, running with it). Plus, I’ve never had the stuff and thought it would be a good idea to give a try during training than in the race.

In other news, a friend from my media ethics class has begun bringing me pieces to the bike he’s passing my way. It was only a little strange to walk out of class with a set of wheels, but someday I will have all the pieces to the Nishiki racing bike I’ve been talking about since January. So far, my current bike—LeBron LeTrek—serves me very well. But I can’t say I quite know the difference between my hybrid and a good tri- or racing bike. I’m not quite ready to make the investment (I just made an investment in the Trek!) for a tri-bike, so I’ll have to make due with LeBron and my new bike, whose name is still TBD.


Joe said...

> thought it would be a good idea
> to give a try during training than
> in the race

Always a good idea to try something new in training before doing it in a race.

The Salty One said...

Hey G! Just a word of advice on the gu--you really need to wash it down with a few sips of water or it won't get absorbed fast enough to help you out. In the race, I would start to eat it about 2 minutes before you hit a water stop and then grab some water and take just a couple of sips before going on your way. If you are worried about the water--walk through the stop and then continue running once you feel the water is down ok. Just take a couple of sips. The water and gu in this race will be practice for the next one--don't stress about them! Remember, you'll probably be fine if you dont end up taking either.

It sounds like you're getting excited about the race. I'm getting excited for you! You're going to do great!!!

Ellery said...

Everyone's different, but I usually use one gel pack every 5 miles. So for a ten miler I'd just take one at the 5 mile marker.