Did 37.5 miles with Dave (formerly known as DTP). For the last 16 Bridget came along too. It was a good day. It was the most I have ridden at one time in months. Normally I do 13 miles to work and then 14 miles back home eight hours later. But doing the longer amount didn't feel bad, except my rear end wasn't used to it.
I got home and took some allergy medicine which within a couple of hours knocked me out. The boys go to bed around 7:30 and went and laid down too and didn't wake up until 10pm. Now I am going to hate it getting back to sleep for the night probably. Maybe I should just take some more of that stuff...
My buddy Fish is doing the Oceanside, CA 70.3 Ironman in a couple of days. I had originally signed up to do that, but finances prompted me to withdraw (travel expenses with the bike would have been huge). It was cheaper to withdraw take the hit and then sign up for the Boise 70.3 Ironman in June. I hope he does well. All he seems to do these days are triathlons.
I do the occasional triathlon. I don't really like them though. I enjoy the challenge and the fitness benefit that training for one gives me. But the actual events are only good once they are done. There is just the biggest sense of relief/accomplishment after the long distance ones. The sprints are a little more fun. Except for the panic attacks in the open water--that I never like too much.
But the training--without having the 70.3 distance triathlon hanging over my head I would not have been riding this much during the winter. It has paid off though. Today when riding with Dave (formerly known as DTP) we both pretty even riding on the flats. But anytime a hill came up--I could hold my speed. He could not. That is what riding to work on a singlespeed nets you compared to sitting at home riding on a trainer for hours (which is what Dave (formerly known as DTP) does). The legs felt pretty strong. It is nice. Really nice.
Again, the usual disclaimer must follow. I don't think I am in world class shape or anything, but for me--I am in pretty good shape right now. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next couple of months if my training continues and it goes well. I am still freaked out about the swim--but thanks to yesterday, not as much.