So I sent out a note on FB asking if anyone was game to share a few slow-ish, easy-ish miles with me. Bob Jenkins (Team Virtus) was up to the task. He is working on hitting 100 miles running between June 20 and Aug 15 (was 50, but he hit that yesterday so now he is shooting for more). He is also having a little friendly competition with his teammate Lukas Lamb. I haven't heard what will come to the winner or be inflicted on the loser, but it is sure to be hilarious (I mean, these are the guys that brought you the golden Speedo bet). Lukas has to double whatever miles Bob knocks out. Bob assured me he intends to win with heavy usage of fractional miles.
We started off at a pace that I think was a bit slow for Bob, but had me redlined before the first turn. I looked down and we were at just over 9 min/mile. We stopped for a second to stretch (Bob is having some issues in his calf). We slowed down a smidge, but kept on and the first mile came in at just over 11 min/mi average (including that stop to stretch). But I started having to walk to get my heartrate under control. I was gasping for air and seeing numbers above 200 bpm. But Bob was his usual good sport and slowed down when necessary and let me control the pace. We finished with an outright stroll while we chatted about a shared acquaintance (not that we should be surprised that JC is a "small world"). Total = 3.15 (to make sure that Lukas would have to do 6.3)
|Here's to your 6.3 miles Luke!|
Still toying with doing an Oly later this summer - will probably see how the sprint goes this weekend. Mike says he just can't get motivated to do anything but run so the home grown option (at least on his end) might be off the table. He suggested a long run, but I am struggling with running so maybe just the cookout! I could always just do my own. I could also sign up for Lake St. Louis in late Aug (though I need to poop or get off the pot as far as registration goes). That 1500 m swim is still kind of scary. I know the bike wouldn't be too bad. The run wouldn't be great, but wouldn't be awful either. Also eyeing another bike century in the fall to find some redemption from my Tour De Cure attempt. Saw a possible event on FB today that I am going to check into. Regardless of what I end up doing, I need to continue to work on my consistency. Maybe I need a good challenge too!
Swimming = 9 mi
Biking = 976.0 miles
Running = 123.9 miles