The week was another big one in the block of training for Ironman Chattanooga. I have made the bike and overall long workouts my main focus. I biked 325 miles this week, ran 36, and swam 7,500 yards. It was a challenging week time-wise with the start of a new school year. All of a sudden I have 8 hours a day that are taken up that I haven't had in a few months. I do a lot of my bike miles in the evening after the kids go to bed. I constantly have to weigh the costs and benefits of a ride from 8:30-10:00 PM versus the extra sleep I could be getting. If I'm riding until 10:00 it's rarely before 11:00 when I'm in bed after stretching, core, massage (with the Podium Legs), and then shower. I continue to ride and run long on Sundays. This week I changed my long run to Saturday. Payton was doing the Hy-Vee Kids Triathlon and I wasn't going to miss that. I ran 20 miles before and after her race. It was awesome watching her compete. To be honest I was not excited about her doing it and tried to talk Jen out of signing her up. She just learned to swim and had never gone across a pool and back like she would in the kids triathlon (50 yard swim for 6-8 yr. olds). We just got her a new Specialized bike and I've ridden with her a few times on it and she's pretty shaky on it so that had me worried. Being around hundreds of other kids in a race setting without being confident in the swim or bike had me very nervous for her. The bike was 2 miles and the run only 500 yards. To my pleasant surprise she did awesome and had a blast. When she was done I asked her what her favorite part was and she said, "All of it!"
Sunday I followed up the long run with a 112 mile ride. I was feeling awesome early and averaging 21.6 mph at the 1/2 way point before I started my efforts at Ironman wattage. I rolled off the next 35 miles at my Ironman wattage zone of 235-240 but it felt more tiring than I was hoping. It was warm and I had steady drips of sweat coming off my helmet. The wind was picking up by the hour and I was battling it on the way home. I was happy to make it 112 and my average pace was still 21.6 even though my last 20 miles were pretty slow. I rode another hour on Sunday night after the kids were in bed to loosen my legs back up.
I was super excited this week after meeting with Nick Tarpein, the general manager of Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities in Davenport. Nick notified me that Smart Toyota would be joining on as the 14th iHope business sponsor in 2014 and at a Gold level!! The contribution from Smart Toyota will help so much in providing low-income students in our community that display outstanding character and work traits with iPads and scholarships. I'll be pleased to add the Smart Toyota logo to my jersey next year! In addition to the contribution Nick said that Smart Toyota would be happy to contribute an additional $300.00 to the iHope Foundation for anyone who purchased a new or used vehicle at Smart Toyota with a mention of the iHope Foundation as a referral. He assured me this referral credit to iHope would not affect the purchase price in any way as the referral money comes from a different pot than what they make on a vehicle purchase. If you are looking for a new or used vehicle please give a visit to Smart Toyota and mention iHope to help the foundation in an incredible way. The website for Smart Toyota to see inventory is here. If you'd like to make a tax deductible contribution to the foundation click either link on the home page to contribute to either the iPad fund or the scholarship fund. I'll be buying my next Toyota Prius from Smart. I set a new PR on my last tank of gas in my 2005 Prius with 50.1 MPG. I hope that is the start of a new PR streak as I get ready for Ironman Chattanooga in just over 5 weeks. I can't wait! DREAM BIG!!