Sunday, October 17, 2010

Crunch Time

There are seven weeks 'til race day. Let's do a status-check.

My regular lap pool's still undergoing repairs, so I took another dip in the bay this afternoon. That water's cold, but it really doesn't bother me until after the swim. Today, I got in without a wet suit and managed roughly two miles in just over thirty minutes before the temperature really started to get to me. This time, I found the water to be... strangely exhilarating. Perhaps I'm acclimating?

(For the record, I'm mostly useless after a swim like that. I think it took 30 minutes of shivering in a scalding-hot shower to bring my core temperature back up to normal. Even afterward, a nap is almost mandatory before I can resume normal function.)

I feel strong on the bike and I'm posting times here and there that seem to confirm that. Yesterday, I decided to hit the gas three-quarters of the way through a conversational cruise up Camino Alto and stomped to the top. Despite the slow start, that turned out to be my third-best time up that hill ever. And last weekend's epic, 105-mile loop out to Marshall on my time-trial bike felt pretty darn good, too.

I was skeptical at first, but I'm really starting to love that bike. I think I've settled into the position well. It's really starting to feel... fast. 

I actually went for a run today! It was slow and it was only three miles, but it counts. My foot didn't hurt, but I could still feel it. I don't know if that makes sense, but even walking around now, I can definitely tell that I went for a run today.

I've stopped wearing those custom orthodics and that seems to have helped matters a bit. I think this little three-miler is something I can build on. Positive thoughts.

My diet has slipped over the past few weeks, so I decided to just bag it this past week and enjoy good food during my parents' visit. But it's now time to hop back on the wagon. The next seven weeks will be hell bent on eating right, cutting excess and shaving down to race weight.

Looking Forward
Tomorrow's the start of the second and final three-week Build phase. After that, it'll be time to start thinking about taper.
  • October 18 through November 7 - Build
  • November 8 through November 21 - Peak
  • November 22 through December 5 - Taper & Travel
Welcome to crunch time.