Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Packing in progress

The big day is almost here! For the longest time it seemed forever away. Now it's getting real. Really real.

Tuesday was a mostly easy bike with some harder bits. Back in an hour, it was ok. Then out for a run that was a bit of a fright. My legs didn't mind moving a little bit, but they weren't having any of the faster intervals on the schedule. What's more, they were in collusion with my lungs. So picture this. There I am at a very slow run, even by my lax standards. My heart rate is about where I expected it to be, but my breathing was going like there was no tomorrow. When I boosted, or tried to boost the speed, my breathing went way up, as if I was running sprints. Even after a full warmup, my legs weren't having any of going fast. As near as I can figure it, my lungs were going as if my heart rate was 20 bpm faster. Very odd. But I'm not going to sweat it. I called it at half an hour. I've had good runs recently, and I have confidence the run will be there when I need it.

Today I slept in. Late morning I was out for a 90 minute bike, with 90 seconds HARD, and lots of time easy spin to recover. I did 6 of these on 6 minutes. At first my legs were wondering what was going on, since they felt a bit stiff and tired. But they came around and we had a good ride. Pushed really hard on a couple of them, and got my heart rate up to mid to high130's for 3 of them, mid 140's for 2 of them, and once above 150. Easy spin back.

Packing stuff up for the trip. Here's a photo showing progress so far.

7 comments:

  1. That is the way I pack - spread it all out and take inventory.

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  2. I've had a rough and busy week so I'm just getting around to reading this. GOOD LUCK THIS WEEKEND. I wonder if you've left yet? I love the packing picture - looks like you have everything. One thing that I used on the run b/c it was so hot was a wrist sweat band, that helped a lot. Just an FYI.

    Can't wait to hear all about it. So excited for you and everyone else!!!!!

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  3. All of your hard work is going to come home this weekend, Keith.
    Have a great race!!

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  4. Have a great day Keith!

    Mel & I will be watching online.

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  5. oh, and the cooking school here on campus posted the dinner menu for this semester: http://sait.ca/pages/about/organization/departmentlistings/hosptour/highwood/pdf/DinnerMenuFall.pdf

    Opens Sept 8..we'll have to make reservations.

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  6. Good luck Keith! I will be thinking about you lots on Sunday. You will OWN this race!

    I love how you pack, too. Everything is so clean!

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