Wednesday: Run 5 miles, swim 3,300 yards
The sickies are finally getting well, and the wellies have avoided getting sick, so things are getting back to normal around here. Including my spending the usual two-plus hours at the gym.
Today was a killer run workout, but what really kills me is that by "killer" I mean short repeats at about a 9:30 mile pace nearly killed me. If you couldn't parse your way through through that last sentence, what I'm trying to say is that, even though I've been training hard for 26½ weeks and losing a bit of weight, I am stinking s-l-o-w. I mean, it's ridiculous. There obviously aren't a lot of speed-related workouts in the Ironman training plan, but there are some, and I do do them. Shouldn't a 10-minute mile feel pretty easy by now?
To make matters worse, not only have I not done any fast running in this training, I also haven't really done any long running. The plan doesn't have any five-hour run workouts (or even close), which is about what it would take to get me into the 20+ mile range. Am I doomed to a death march in this race??
P.S. Rereading all this, I think I've actually reached a milestone: I've transferred my main concern about the race from the bike leg to the run leg. This must mean I'm going to be fine on the bike leg!