Long Ride This Morning

Last night I had a feeling that I would get rained out of the long ride I was scheduled for today.  When I woke up there was some sprinkling and my excitement sunk a bit, but figured I would make the best of it.  I not only packed all my riding gear, I also packed all my gear for a long run that is scheduled for tomorrow.  I figured I would get in training one way or the other.

As I started to head out after a breakfast of coffee, protein bar (Black Forest Cake - Promax) and a peanut butter, banana and strawberry sandwich I noticed no rain.  Before we go there let me just say that as I was trying to get into the office and handling all these items I dropped my sandwich and was not a happy camper.

Anyway.....on the ride to Andy Brown Park there was not a drop of rain, but also no sun.  The temp was around 75 degrees and I was happy to get started.  I knew that I had a 2.5 hour ride ahead of me and there was not time like the present to start.

The roads were dry and there was not a lot of traffic riding on MacArthur and Sandy Lake Road.  I made it all the way to Grapevine and through the area where the Grapevine Tri was held last month.  On the way back I took another road and wound up riding all the way to Carrollton on a wide open road that was relatively flat the entire time.

When all was said and done I managed to ride 43.5 miles at an average pace of 17.5 MPH which I was thrilled with.  I would love for that to get up to 20 MPH but that will come with more training.  I was a little tired but not as tired as I expected myself to be.

A 15 minute run afterwards and the morning training session was complete.  Great accomplishment and the furthest I ever rode at that type of pace without stopping.

That night was a wedding for one of my best friends and we wound up getting home around 1:15am.  That alarm went off on Sunday around 5am and it was time for a long run.

I didn't manage to get to White Rock until 7:15am as I was tired.  Once there I could feel the heat start to pick up and I knew that it would be a tough run.  As I started out my pacing was good as was my HR.  I was about a 9:30 pace and felt strong considering the lack of sleep and the long ride the day prior.

Around mile 7 it felt like I was on the sun and my legs started to feel fatigued.  I was determined to keep pushing and not only reach that 1hr45m time but to be at around 11 miles.  It didn't get any easier but I kept breaking it down into smaller pieces....'make it to the garbage can'....'make it to the bridge' and I wound up with 10.5 miles at an average pace of 10min.  It was such a sense of accomplishment to have gone so long on the run after such a long time on the bike.

This morning I was back in the pool for a descending 100s session.

I felt like I did a very good job on the swim but I know I lost form while trying to pick up my pace during the later portion of the swim.

My times were:

2:15
2:13
2:00
1:58
1:55

These were done with 20' rest intervals so I was a little gassed at this point.  I had a 2 minute rest and then finsihed up with 2x100 at times of 1:44 and 1:50.

With swim times like these I am very much looking forward to doing the Disco this upcoming weekend.

I have a strength session tonight and while I am tired and have to run to pick up my dog from the vet I know that once I'm there I will be excited to do the excercises.

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My Dog Blue

It is a sad time for me but I am trying to get my dog adopted.  He has become more work then the pleasure he provides.  Blue has separation anxiety and so if you are away for more then 1 hour he loses it and the odd thing about it is that I'm home all day as I work from home so it's not like he doesn't have somebody around.

Our girl Ginga is doing well and we will have to watch her closely once Blue leaves us but she should be fine.

This afternoon I will be picking him up from the vet and it will be nice to see him but it also worries me b/c we have a life to live and having to be around constantly with him is unrealistic for us.

I wish things would have turned out better but we are left with no choice at this point.  He will be missed but it is the right thing to do for our family and that will always come first.
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Jason Bahamundi

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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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