August 26, 2011
BY THOM DODD
(Bike Friday’s dealer is training for an Ironman
in New Zealand, where he plans to compete
on his Bike Friday)
Hi everyone To those of you headed out on your triathlon in Eugene this weekend, have a great day!! You should end up satisfied on many levels, and hopefully will learn something about yourself during the event. The unexpected is about guaranteed to surface at some point, so just know that you will adapt/adjust and be fine in the end. There should be lots of great supportive folks out there with you. Be safe and Enjoy. I had a beautiful winter day on Monday and my plan was to ride the Ironman distance for my long ride. I have been gradually increasing my long rides, adding about 10% every third week or so to my previous long ride on this buildup, and it was time for the 180 k ride. I actually did 185, with six - 200 meter hills and five -- 100 meter hills, and added another gorgeous beach village to my growing list -- Onemana, between Opoutere and Whangamata. I felt great all the way as I took four lunches with me, stopping for 15 minutes each time, and went thru the correct number of water bottles and electrolytes for my needs, so the energy never faltered. Now I just have to do it after a long swim and before a marathon!!! I have five more months to get to that point, which is plenty of time to do my three or four rides of 200 kand extend the runs on my bike/run days, which will be fun now that our days are lengthening and the weather is warming up. The swimming will kick in soon as well, as our ocean usually goes up a couple degrees with the first Northeasterly wind in Sept. Had another spectacular ride Wednesday the opposite direction, a recovery 70k ride which made a total of 15 spectacular beaches to punctuate the rides, each one rejuvenating me after cycling over the big hill separating it from the last beach. And a couple runs on Tues and Thurs, so a good week so far. Again, I want to wish you all the best on the weekend. Get that Friday out and see where it will take you today, whatever day it is there. Cheers from Aoteroa, aka, New Zealand.
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