So I finally got fitted on my Javelin yesterday. Gala, the fitter at Tri-Zone in Los Alamitos (www.Tri-Zone.com), asked me what type of position I wanted and I said “AGGRESSIVE.” It was a Retul fit and the fitting process took 3 hours. Gala reminded me that my aggressive position may take some getting used to and that I might have some neck strain but I figured I can get adapted to it.
I took her out on her maiden voyage this morning and was pleased to say the least. I rode 100.8 miles in 5:37:43. The following link is my ride data:
I averaged 17.8 miles per hour. I’m excited to know that I have 131 more days to get faster. One interesting thing is that not only did I ride in aero position for at least 96 miles, I was also wearing my BioLogic pollution mask to exercise my muscles of inspiration and to breathe clean air.
One cool thing about this mask is that it’s a deterrent to keep people from talking to you on the bike trail. A disadvantage is that I can’t drink water from my SpeedFill hydration system without pulling the mask out of the way.
In short, I’m pleased with my progress and attribute a lot of my fitness to the time on the roller and fluid trainer. What I didn’t mention is that if you go back in the archives, my average speed when riding 10-12 miles was around the high 16 low 17 mph range in the middle of last year. Now I’m averaging almost 18 mph for 100 miles.
I’m only gonna get faster.
Javelin is ready. Will have new wheelset on raceday. Got Retul fitted at Tri-zone in Los Alamitos…. was more involved than I initially imagined. Maiden voyage tomorrow.
Will post stats.
We all got to start somewhere. Weighing in at 189; I have to lose 34 pounds of unwanted fat and muscle by raceday. This will be fun.
The bike is your foundation for Ironman racing. It’s the longest leg of the race and where 3 major things occur:
- Recovery from the swim
- Fueling for the bike
- Fueling for the upcoming marathon
You have to have the bike fitness to accommodate all 3 activities; go too hard on the bike and your muscles will suck the blood out of your gut making it impossible to digest any calories. Run out of fuel and you lose your chance at achieving a favorable finishing time.
So my ‘low-to-medium’ intensity pace has to be between 20.4 mph and 22.4 mph for 112 miles in order for me to break a 5h 30min. bike split.
I’ve got a long way to go.
I’m taking a low carb route to weight loss and I’ll be posting my low carb meals. I went ketogenic a year ago and it was great, I felt like I had endless energy. At the time I also lost a good amount of weight but as usual, life got in the way and I fell off my diet. I’m back on the low-carb wagon so I can be as light as possible on raceday. My angle for training is to ride and swim as much as I can to get faster and to facilitate weight loss. Once I’m down to 150 lbs., I’ll start my running phase and I hope that happens by late March early April. If it works out as planned, I should have at least 4 months to get my run legs ready by race day.
Stay tuned for more.
I’ve got 189 days until Ironman Santa Rosa. This blog will recap my training, progress, emotions, opinions, and all the other stuff that relate to the life of someone struggling to improve fitness.
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