Galveston: flat, hot, and windy. fairly predictable.
Boise: hilly and windy. Could be hot, could be fine, could be a torrential downpour. who knows!
Basically, my time will be dependent upon what Mother Nature decides to throw at us. I'm not sure a goal time is practical given the history of this course. So, instead of hanging my happiness on a certain time (although, you can bet I will be estatic if I PR) I've decided to base my goal on how I feel coming off the bike. See, in 2010, I believe I said something like "that was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life" after my 4+ hours on the bike in 28-35 mph head and crosswinds. With hills that I was not used to riding. What I was most proud of from that race was that I ran the whole run. It wasn't fast running, but it generally resembled running. But damn, that bike hurt.
That was 2 years ago. In that time, I've done another half ironman, a full ironman, and moved to Colorado where in 2012, I ride hills pretty much any chance I get. After the bike for IMTX, I felt awesome, and I distinctly remember telling Will that the bike (which was my furthest and longest ride ever) felt like just another training ride. What I meant by that was that I felt great. Legs felt great, mind felt great. I owned that course rather than it owning me. I'm holding onto that feeling every time I ride my bike this year. I will OWN the Boise bike course. (and yes, I probably just cursed myself. I will get hail, wind, and torrential downpours and I will have to work extra hard to stay in my happy place). In 2010 I was scared by the bike. Even had nightmares about walking. Now, I'm visualizing climbing those hills and owning them. Cool, huh?
|Really, I only have 4 hills. The second one is "attention getting" as a friend would say.|
Here's the hill repeat from my swim/bike brick on Saturday (ok, I only repeated the hill once, but it was QUALITY).
|It doesn't look like that much, but it was 1327 ft of climbing in 26 miles. |
Thsi is the same amount of climbing as Boise, only in 1/2 the distance
I've been getting twitchy about not getting the course distance in. Last month I was supposed to ride 60 at Palmer Lake and I left my legs at home and only went 45. Two weeks ago I rode Boulder and got in 53 miles, but they were a relatively easy 53 miles. I need to get in some HARD 60 mile days. The goal is to train on some hard stuff so that those 4 hills in Boise are cake.
We have a local HIM called Harvest Moon (at Aurora Reservoir) and its a pretty hard course - wind and hills. So that's where I rode yesterday:
|Yes, I may as well have been riding in Kansas.....|
Elevation gain: 1,779 in 60 miles.
Hmmmm. I thought it was more elevation than that. Still, the hills come on strong at the back end of the course, so it is a good way to train your legs when they're tired.
I've got 4 more weeks before taper and 2 more long rides planned. Saturday is the Boulder course. Then Memorial Day weekend (Sunday) I'll probably do Harvest Moon again. I think I'll train a bit more aggressively than I took yesterday's ride, just to push the effort a bit. I want to put a hurt on myself so Boise will seem easy by comparison. :)