Go away summer, please come hither fall.
It’s 101, with a heat index of 103. I just got back from taking both of my bikes to Blue’s–sorry, The Bike Rack– for a professional fitting. When I bought my Pilot 2.1 WSD, I got fitted, but apparently it was not a professional fit. After my husband got professionally fitted, however, I knew I had to go in and do the same. It’ll make a difference. I’ve been having lower back pain (probably as much from a weaker core than anything, working on that) and my forearms started to fall asleep after 8 miles.
After lots of measurements and adjustments, I think we have it right. He did tell me, however, that in all of the time that he’s been doing this, I’m the only person who actually had a near perfect fit. I credit the experts at The Bike Rack for that–they fitted me quite well when I bought the bike.
Typical indoor bike fitting
(I don’t like the total aero feel, yet)
I will need a slightly different stem, that is until I get into better shape. They moved my seat back, as well as raised my seat. Turns out I am really quite flexible! Who knew.
I met a friend for breakfast and haven’t had a chance to get my run in yet today. Now I’m completely worn out from being in the heat. I may have to just incorporate a brick tomorrow instead. Bike to the gym for my swim, then bike home. Sounds good to me.
In the meantime, after Sunday’s bike ride and sore back, I took a day off (Monday) and swam Tuesday instead. It felt SO good, too. I did 4×25 WU, then the schedule called for 4×50 progressively faster, then a 2×25 CD. Coach suggested bumping up the swim distances, so I did 4×50 progressively faster (1:04, 1:00, :57, :52!!!) then added 3×50 progressively slower, making it a pyramid (:58, 1:00, 1:02). I added a 4×25, then a 1×50 for funzies. I really didn’t want to stop swimming either. NO ONE was in the pool, just me! When does that happen!Then yesterday afternoon I chose to text and walk down stairs. There should be laws against that too. Luckily, the iPad, the phone, and my journal came through it unscathed after I fell down the last two steps. My back got wrenched again, however, and I sprained my left ankle a bit and pulled a bunch of muscles in my right knee.
Honestly that’s part of the reason I did not run today. I want to give my injuries another day to heal. Besides, I did head out last night to play league golf (we hit a 39!). My knee still hurt this morning, although the swelling and pain in my left ankle has disappeared. I just pulled muscles, I’m guessing. I was fine on the bike at the fitting today. And I am guessing that tomorrow’s swim will feel really good.
In the meantime, I’m officially in Week 6 of the Olathe Training Schedule. It’s only 44 days and 9 hours away! Woot! I’m so excited! This is the first time I have no fear of open water. I am training on some hills similar to those in the triathlon. I just need to get my run on.
The big question is this. We will head to Minneapolis at the end of September for an Arts and Crafts style builder’s expo (like furniture, bookcase, not houses). There’s a women’s duathlon there: 2 mile run, 22 bike, 2 mile run. Should I do it? What do you think? It’s three weeks after my triathlon and I will not have trained specifically for a Duathlon. Can I adjust my training now to add bike miles, add more 2:2 or 3:3 bike/run bricks to accelerate my training in time?
We shall see! In the meantime:
The Countdown Has Begun!