Wednesday, March 26, 2014

On March 22nd, I had planned to cycle 40 miles on a cycle (bike) trainer indoors and then run and walk 40 miles outside.  I was doing this to celebrate my 40th birthday which was on March 23rd.  I wanted to leave my 30s with a bang.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Here are some thoughts and preparation steps before I run and cycle my longest distance to celebrate my 40th birthday this weekend.

In my previous running years, I would start doubting my expectations a few days before the event.  The reason is because I would wonder if I prepared and trained enough for my upcoming race or event.  I used to do this because I was spending less time working out while tapering (resting) during the last two weeks or so.  However, I stopped doing that as I gained experience.

During the last few years, I stopped doubting and actually would get really pumped up and my confidence grew and always ran with a strong mind and heart.  However, this time around the doubts crept up a bit more than usual because of what was going on during the last two weeks and how I was feeling.

What was going on during the last two weeks?
  • Got sick.  Sinus infection took me away from doing some good training sessions I had planned.
  • Still felt sick through Thursday morning.  A bit better on Friday morning.
  • Even though I was tapering, the sickness was zapping my energy.
  • Traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma.  This did not help with the rest and/or recovering from sickness.
  • Tightness in my upper left trap area.  Appeared then went away for a few days and now it is back.
  • Did new hamstring and core workouts about two weeks ago.  First time around was fine, but 3 times later I got sore and it did not go away until Thursday (3/20). Just a dumb move.  Lesson learned.
  • Laptop I used for cycling went down, Best Buy still has it.  I am going to attempt to use an old one I have laying around.
  • ANT+ USB device broke that I use with Trainer Road during my indoor bike sessions and was going to be part of my 40 mile ride.  I ordered a new one, hoping it arrives on Friday.
  • My Garmin 310XT started acting up and was not saving my workouts.  I called them, did a hard reset and it is fine now...I think.
So it was not good tapering weeks for me, but luckily this is a self supported event and there is no pressure on me and it will be free.

More Notes Before My Longest Running and Cycling Distance
  • Still taking medicine to recover from the cold and sinus infection.
  • Stopped taking medication on Thursday afternoon.  Feeling a bit better on Friday morning.
  • Raised my carb intake a bit each day starting on Wednesday.
  • Made a list of what nutrition and running gadgets I will need for my event.
  • Started envisioning how I will feel and think about during the event.
  • I still need to figure out my route.  (As of Thursday night, I still do not know where exactly I will be running.)
Below are some of the running gadgets I will have with me while running.
Running Gadgets for the Ultra Event
  • Garmin 310XT watch
  • Heart rate strap
  • Google Glass
  • Sunglasses
  • Small running belt
  • Winter hat
  • Thin winter gloves
  • Wired earbuds
  • Phone
  • Bluetooth headphones
Here is some of the nutrition I will have in case I need it during the day.  The goal is to try to keep it as natural as possible.
Nutrition for the 40/40 Day
  • Water (vest and various bottles)
  • Water and honey
  • 2-3 smoothies (banana, coconut, peanut butter, honey, almond milk, water, ice, glutamine)
  • Nuts and raisins
  • Kit's Organic Bars (contains only 4-6 natural ingredients)
  • Clif Bars
  • C2O Coconut Water
  • Dates
  • Amino Acid pills
In general I have no goals in regards to time, speed, etc.  It is expected to have a high of 38 degrees but the wind is expected to be up to 20mph.  So I definitely have no certain time goal but I do have a plan for the day. Below is what I have come up with so far.
Plan During the Day
  • Fill up hydration vest with water and nutrition the night before.
  • Fill up a few water bottles with water for bike sessions and backup for run.
  • Fill up bicycle tires and adjust tension on cycle trainer.
  • Select and setup Trainer Road cycle workouts on the laptop.
  • Fill up a couple of water bottles with only coconut water.
  • Wake up at 3:45 a.m.  Brush teeth, feed dog, drink coffee, eat banana and PB.
  • Make smoothies for run/bike sessions the night before or that morning.
  • Fill up 2-3 bottles and warm up water and mix with honey.
  • Put what is needed in the cooler and prepare to place on the porch.
  • Fill up water bottles for bike session
  • Start bike ride around 4:45 a.m.
  • Be done by 7 a.m.
  • Start run by 7:15 a.m.
  • Try to run the first 2-3 hours under or around 145 heart rate.
  • Run 8 minutes, walk 2 minutes.
  • Drink water during those 2 minutes.  Take deep and slow breaths.
  • Eat before I have to.
  • Make sure I take in nutrition every 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Keep track of nutrition and head home for refilling if necessary.
  • Keep moving forward.
  • Breathe and relax.
  • Relax and do not get hung up on the numbers.
  • Think about the journey over the last 8 years or so.
  • Appreciate the opportunity of living and being able to run.

Why not just move my event to another day if I am sick?  Because I have a 50K 'race' in two weeks.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

So I am now less than one week away from attempting my self-supported 40 mile bike ride (on cycling trainer) and 40 mile run on March 22nd to celebrate my 40th birthday (on 3/23).  Why I originally decided to do this is in the link.