Monday, May 19, 2008
My son seconds after finishing the Florida 70.3
Put up a short slide show of our hotel in Delray Beach, FL and the 1/2 Iron Man in Orlando. My son is the big guy in a pink Speedo. There were over 2200 athletes from almost every country on the globe. There were pros and amateurs at this event. My son did his race in 5 hrs and 50 minutes which is apparently fairly good. He was in it for fun and not speed. He does not use a special triathlon bike nor does he use aerobars.
He did the swim, 1.2 miles in 30 minutes, the bike was 56 miles and he did that in under 3 hrs and the run 13.2, ( his weakest) around 2.5 hrs. During the run, the temperature was well over 90 and it was beyond humid. Many runners fell to wayside. They had water and food for the runners at every mile. My son said you had to stop at almost every mile to survive the heat.
The event was beyond awesome, many many fine athletes. We were in the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds for the event. Nice and peaceful compared to the Disney World park. The cost of lodging etc in DW is ridiculous. We had one very small cramped room which cost $279 a night. It was so small ( Fort Wilderness Lodge) that my other son and I went to a Hampton Inn. There was no way two guys almost 7' tall and one mommy were fitting in the room. Plus my one son who is 7' tall could not fit in the shower.
But the purpose of this post is to again discuss training and how to get better at biking.
Based on what my son did to get ready for this race, he wanted to stress to me that he trained by biking and swimming and running easy. He NEVER went out like the A,B riders and killed himself. Even his swim coach told him to try and run faster when training. Jeff said no, nice and easy wins the race.
Even though he was competing for almost 6 hrs at a brutal pace, he finished strong. And for a guy at 6'8" and 220 lbs, this is something.
So to keep in line for my goal of biking 100 miles in August Biker Chicks will continue to go out and bike and have fun.
Our pace will improve by just biking and NOT by racing around like lunatics. So Chicks,I have 3 rides up for this week.
I am adding a Thursday Eve ride, 18 miles to Malvern and back, 5:30 pm at HotFoot. This is a city ride so be prepared to use good road sense and obey single file biking. It is a good ride with some country as well and a few good hills to give us a good ride.
Do not forget the Ride of Silence this Wednesday and the Saturday ride is already up.
Ride of Silence May 21 Darlington and Chestnut Lot 7:00 10 miles
Thursday Eve Ride, May 22 Hot Foot 5:30 18 miles
Saturday morn Ride May 24 Hot Foot 8:40 am 30 miles