Thursday, April 8, 2010

Oak Barrel Half and YES, I know, he’s really CUTE!

BESIDES a 60 mile bike and some Dave Scott Bricks (10/2 x 3), there was the Oak Barrel/Jack Daniels half marathon thrown in for good measure last weekend.  Our intent was simple, go out faster than training pace, slower than race pace and negative split it….and be ready for Sunday’s workout bright eyed and bushy tailed.  Done, done and done.  I finished in 1:56 which is ~10 minutes off my PR pace but I am perfectly happy with it.  It started out in a down pour and you couldn’t get any wetter.  Soaked to the bone for most of the run, listening to the symphony of sloshing shoes.  I got to meet MCM Mama on the start line.  How she found me, I’ll never know!  Visit her for her race report from a non-Tennessean.  Anyway, cut to the chase – great race, well organized, nice Jack Daniels technical shirts and ‘medals’ made out of Oak Barrels and still smell like whiskey, Brunswick stew and corn bread as our finishers meal and that was the day.  Double thumbs up and do it if you’re ever in the area.  Yes, hilly but it’s Tennessee, it’s just pretty much hilly here….it was pretty, even through the wet.IMG_1050

Where have I been?!  Yes, holy crap.  I have not had 30 minutes to pee, I swear it.  It’s been one helluva training cycle for both me and Gunnar.  In the end, hubs takes the brunt of it all, me falling asleep at 8:00pm and the extra puppy details.  Thankfully, we are getting close, close to Triple T, that is and I know I’ll be ready.  How do you know you’re ready for something you’ve never done before?  I’m not sure but mentally, I’m going to crack soon, physically, I feel as fit as ever and those are my two signs.  Mentally, I start getting mushy in the head, another week and a half and I get a recovery week to sharpen back up.

This week, 9000 swim, 150 bike, 30 run and I don’t feel like I’m close enough to those goals for it being Thursday and all.  I’ll make it, always pull it out of my ass somehow.  How does one 25/7 brick in the a.m.   and another 25 ride later in the afternoon grab ya?  Add in an 80 mile hilly ride the next day and that will be my weekend.  Yeah, Triple T training is WEIRD.

These two slay me…..

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16 comments:

Chloe said...

I was wondering if you ended up doing that race! Looks like a blast! Next year. I'm all over it. :)

Oh the (whatever/whatever x million) bricks. Love them. I almost got heat stroke on sunday with one of those bad boys.

Dave said...

I am thinking your training is dead on...your peaking...nearly spent....not cooked...and almost mentally on the edge...recovery/taper is soon. I am excited for you!

Kim said...

You are doing so friggin awesome, and you're almost there! Can't wait to see how great you're gonna do at triple t!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

I hate/love that mental mushy-ness stage. You know you earned the right to be a little slow, but feel stupid when you have to spell check the work "of" . Been there.

RBR said...

OMG!!! Thank you for the puppy fix!

I cannot imagine doing that level of training... errr... I should stop there, because I can not imagine EVER doing that level of training..

Anyhoo, I was going to say I can not imagine doing all of that while potty training and raising a puppy! True IRON status for sure!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

And I thought my training has been crazy. Wow

Congrats on the JD run

Wings in town tomorrow, planned rest day for my present to myself.

Wes said...

What happens if you lick the medal? Hmmmmm? ROFL... I would NEVER do anything crazy like Triple T. Nope, not me, never...

Al's CL Reviews said...

Reading about your training makes me tired.

You are doing great. Almost there.

Thanks for the puppy pics!

Velma said...

Nice training run and good luck getting all the miles in this week!

Tri Mommy said...

Good luck with the training. It sounds a bit crazy - I'd be asleep by 8 every night too!

Amanda said...

TTT training is insane. that's for sure. but you're gonna be ready. no doubt.
can't wait!

kristen said...

Your a work horse for sure! Such an inspirtation to me :)

skierz said...

you are an inspiration with your schedule and trainbing and keeping it all there with hubby's help! way to go! you are going to kick that Triple T's butt!

Judi said...

i can't get enough of the puppy pix. i love them. you are going to be so ready for ttt.

Diana said...

TTT sounds rough! But, you're just the one to pull it out of her ass to get it done!
Remind to not put TN on my list for runs! Hills? I like flat. WI has hills, but lots of flat as well! I'll come to TN to kick your ass with a KB instead!
Congrats and best of luck with the rest of this crazy ride you're on!
Love the pics.....

MCM Mama said...

It was great to meet you at the race!n Good job running those hills.

And, oh the puppy cuteness!

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