It’s the end of January and my first Ironman is merely five months away. I’m finally starting to get some mojo back after the cold from hell and the intensity of my training is gradually building.
Tuesday morning, my coach had us do a 5k time trial at the track. I’m by far the slowest person in our group even when I’m at full strength so I was getting lapped constantly. I finished in 27:19 (8:47/mile pace) which is pretty slow for me, but I was just happy to run without coughing my brains out.
On Saturday, I climbed Mt. Hamilton for the second time ever. It also happened to be my birthday, so I brought a couple donuts from Psycho Donuts for us to enjoy at the summit. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Mt. Hamilton, feast your eyes on the elevation profile below. The climb isn’t terribly steep, but it’s a long haul to the top. There are a couple little descents along the way to provide some respite from the grind. For me, the hardest part is coping with the pain in my ass (literally) that comes with a long climb.
Upon reaching the summit, we spent a few minutes chowing down on donuts, enjoying the view, and crapping our bibs in anticipation of the descent. We successfully avoided colliding with motorcycles and wiping out on the gravel-laced hairpin turns. I saw a coyote on the way down and decided against stopping to take a photo. There were a couple near-misses with car doors coming back through San Jose, but we finished the ride fully intact.
After the ride, my boyfriend treated me to a delicious dinner in San Francisco at my favorite restaurant, Millennium. It was the perfect end to a great birthday!
Swim: 2,000 yards
Strength training: 60 minutes
Run: 5k time trial at the track
Swim: 2,000 yards
Bike: 40 minutes on the trainer
Strength training: 90 minutes
Swim: 1,600 yards
Bike: Mt. Hamilton Ride (50 miles)
Bike: 30 miles