Today was one of those rare days when everything went right...almost [will explain further down]. It was like 80 degrees in the Bay Area and I seemed to have endless power during my 80 mile ride. The morning did not start off promising at all as I awoke pretty tired from only getting 6 hours of sleep and my pent-ultimate sleep was equally crappy averaging about 5 hours of unsettling sleep. Also, my allergies were pretty bad and all this resulted in me not really wanting to get out of bed and ride. But I knew the weather was going to be awesome, sunny and hot, and it would be the perfect day to ride. Also, I told Scott, one of my training partners that I would go out and push him on a long ride in his preparation for the Wildflower half. As I started the ride, my attitude was not great, I was congested, I had a slight headache and I was dreading being out there for 5+ hours. But I also knew that I owed it to myself to have a hard effort, quality training day. I had a great week and wanted to top if off with an even better training weekend. In fact, I scheduled a massage for Monday in anticipation of a hard weekend and I had to earn the massage. During the first climb, I decided to test both my legs and my attitude by attacking and going hard. By all indications from the climb, I knew my legs were on. Sure enough, all day long, I could depend on my legs to grind out the big gears and my power seemed limitless. Also, I really did a good job with my nutrition. All those years of ironman racing and training really paid off as I nailed my nutrition given the extreme heat and hard efforts. Basically, I'm just happy that I didn't screw today up. I paced myself well and was able to get off the bike alert, and mentally ready for an hour run. Unfortunately, I only got 45 minutes in for the run but it was hilly. The heat was just too oppressive and I was really starting to feel the bonk come on. A couple of times, I was pretty nauseous, a good sign of heat exhaustion setting in. I decided to call it a day and end 15 minutes early. But this isn't what made today less than perfect as I eluded to earlier. Coming into one of the stops on the bike ride, I was blocked by a sea of corvettes. Turns out that every corvette owner in the bay area decided to converge in Nicasio for a little rally. Definitely not my type of crowd as I was overwhelmed with revving engines, idling cars spewing noxious fumes, big egos, and lots of women with really big bleached hair. On schedule for tomorrow is a 75-80 minute run and 4000 yard swim. I'm looking forward to that massage on Monday.
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