TU: Season of Change
Change is in the air out here in Montana. The days are not quite so hot. The mornings are cool enough that I am donning a pull over for the long run. The moon and stars are keeping me company more and more each am. The aroma of a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks is enveloping my desk. And there is five gallons of Northern Brewer Smashing Pumpkin Ale fermenting in the beer closet.
Change also seems to be the theme of my training lately. First up, running since last Sunday’s long run has been so enjoyable. Legs have remained fresh on the pavement throughout the entire week. I got in one fartlek that had me down into 7:30 again for a couple of miles. Put in a solid pace tempo of another seven miles with five at 7:40. The rest of the week I was running four milers with 10X100m spin ups to keep loose. Also still running about twice a day by adding in a few relaxation miles with the wife during the evening sunsets. And then there was today’s long run:
I started out today a little later than I wanted (0600) so I hit the ground still waking up. While I didn’t settle into my pace as quickly as I had hoped, I bounced back by pushing the pace a little. Got in a few bumps to practice the up and overs as well. Even though I was ahead of my goal pace for the marathon, I felt pretty good. No danger. Also no nutrition, which remains a bit of a question mark at this point. Oddly enough, this is my fastest half marathon run ever if I remember correctly. Change.
Something had to give and it has been the bike. I got in three rides, one to loosen up after two weeks off and two to test my legs. First test went down well and painful:
The day after I did tempo run. Then I tried again….
A fail, but still a work out. Needless to say though, I was really surprised how my legs felt on the long today, which was after this. And don’t get me started on swimming. I am basically going to start from scratch since I haven’t been in the pool for three weeks. Im actually hoping this is a good thing.
Exciting week coming up. I am participating in the Chain Reaction Hops Relay and possibly the Garden City Olympic Triathlon next weekend. With my lack of swimming and riding, the tri would just be a good fun workout day. The hops relay is pretty much like it sounds. My team of four riders will transport a 40 pound bag of hops about 50 miles to Missoula where it will be used by Draught Works Brewery to make a beer called Chain Reaction. In addition to free beer, I can also get a t-shirt by using a bicycle at the brewery to grind grain. This is an event seemingly made just for me.
Stay tuned and join me for the adventure!
Posted on September 1, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged beer, Chain Reaction Hops Festival, cycling, Draught Works Brewery, marathon, missoula, montana, pumpkin spice latte, running, Starbucks, swimming, triathlon. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.