|Long run to T1 with flashbacks to Rev3|
The bike ride started out a bit slow as I made sure to adhere to the very specific posted speed limit. Once I got out on the road and warmed up, it was a matter of dialing in my goal IM power and clicking off the miles. My usual Dimond/Alto/ISM/Pioneer/ICE Friction/SLF Motion set up made the ride as fast and efficient as possible as I enjoyed the rolling course. With the colder weather, I had to pay attention to taking my my calories in the form of 4 servings of First Endurance EFS Pro. Even though I wasn't thirsty, I knew I needed to stick to the fueling plan. By the time I dismounted in T2, I had put together a solid ride of IMish 275w with a few Strava KOM's for good measure. I was fueled and feeling well within my limits to see what my running legs would bring.
Taking off of the run, I felt great with perfect weather and relatively fresh legs. My goal was to really nail down my stride and find a sustainable power/pace. I've been using the STYD power meter more and more and have found it to be a great tool for pacing while finding my legs in brick runs and races. I settled at 345w and relaxed while sipping on my First Endurance Liquid Shot every mile. The miles clicked by at roughly 6:15 pace which is faster than I'll be able to run the marathon, but the effort was in line with what I should feel for the front half of the run in 5 weeks. I was able to slightly negative split and come in just a few minutes slower than my goal of 4 hours. In my mind, I accomplished my goal of simulating an IM dry run and gained some confidence knowing that my fitness is finally coming back from the hernia setback earlier this year.
|Running form is coming around|