Sunday, September 17, 2006

I'm very, very slow

BUT: I did finish up my century after all.

The only problem is that my average speed was about 4 miles per hour, since it took me over a day to complete it!

Back out on the bikes today at 8AM with my training buddy David. We did 26.4 miles at 17.3 mph rolling average, PLUS changed 2 rear flats (one apiece). It took me eleven minutes to change a rear flat - at least my speed is improving on tire-changing!

THEN with a superhuman effort we completed 2 miles on the track. 10:13 and 10:44. That's a pretty brisk pace for me with my old achy thighs today!

OK, maybe I don't suck as badly as I thought. It sure helped that it was a perfect day with a crystal clear blue sky today. I'm sure glad that I didn't have to change that flat in the pouring rain yesterday. Thanks for the reassurance, folks!


runr53 said...

If I tried to ride that many miles on a bike I'd probably average less than that per mile! OBTW, you need to change that header to take out the maybe! You WILL get there, right?

nancytoby said...

Heh, good eye! I'll change it when I get there!! Less than 7 weeks to go... eep!!

21st Century Mom said...

Told you! :-)

I'm not sure I understand what took so long on that century since you clearly can ride faster than that. So what gives or were you just using poetic license?

Good job on the bike/run today. I'm impressed that you were willing to get in the saddle today after doing 100 yesterday!

nancytoby said...

Um, 75 yesterday, 25 today, all in all it took about 25 hours to do 100 miles. That's 4 miles per hour.

My crotch was NOT happy the first 3 or 4 miles today.

21st Century Mom said...

Big Duh for me..... I forgot which race I said you would finish. I forgot everything but hey - I had just returned from my sprint distance triathlon so my focus was a little fuzzy.

I still say you'll rock the bike in Chesapeak

triteacher said...

I just found you. I just completed my first IM 1 week ago - yeah. You will rock and you will love it!

Bolder said...

nice tempo brick by the Nancinator!

keep workin' it!!

Iron Benny said...

Pre-race panics hah? Yep, that seems normal. Not that I'm an Ironman veteran or anything, but that is how I felt pre-race too. I felt sooooo tired after a century ride. I wasn't sure I had what it took to finish an Ironman. What I didn't realize is this; I was tired and I didn't even know it. Right now, you are way more tired than you even know. You have been training for so long, you have become accustomed to being tired. So much so, you don't even realize it. When race day nears, and you are done peaking in your training, you will taper. You will get grumpy, and pissy. But you will recover. You will be fresh for the race. You will feel better than you ever imagined on that day. Just know that this will happen, because it will.

I hope this helps. I only say it because it is true and it is important that you believe it. Keep at it girl, you're almost there.

Cliff said...


Ironbenny had some good advice. Changing flats ain't easy. So those are good experience in case it happens on race day.

TriFeist said...

LOL! You were going to finish that century no matter what. Sorry to read about the rain. That's gotta get old. But now you've brushed up on your tire changing skills.

nancytoby said...

Thank you, Benny (and others), that IS good advice! I'd almost forgotten it's not normal to wake up almost every morning with a sore back and butt and stiff muscles!! But nothing a good taper week or two won't cure!!!!

Chris said...

I don't think there's anything slow about those paces. Those look just fine to me.