Because I ran on Wednesday that meant that I had a bike to do on Thursday. Originally I was hoping to ride into work but when I woke up and looked out the window I knew that wasn’t going to happen. The clouds were nasty and there were possibilities of thunderstorms. I figured that if I got home and the weather was okay I would do the ride outside. Nope, the weather was still crappy, so it would have to be on the trainer. As it turned out I got sucked into watching the Canucks game and the ride just never happened…
My friend DGB had mentioned a new restaurant in town that opened up that I was keen to try – Mucho Burrito. It is pretty similar to Chipotle (which I love…), but they don’t have up here. I decided to make a deal with myself – get on the bike then Mucho Burrito would be the reward. The ride was pretty easy – a 45 minute high cadence spin. I threw season one of Red Dwarf on and spun away. (If you are into British comedies and haven’t seen Red Dwarf…I love it! Awesome show from the late 80s and 90s.) Truthfully my stomach was rumbling after 30 minutes so it was off to Mucho Burrito. It was so yummy….and even though I knew I may regret it I went for some hot salsa on top…which was most definitely hot! So good though..!!
I had a big round of workouts on the schedule – a 2300m swim followed by a 15K run. I figured my best bet was to swim at the Eau Claire Y early in the morning, then hit the pathways around the river for my run. I threw all the gear I would need into my gym back and took off to try to be at the pool early. I hopped in a lane with two other guys and got to work. The water felt really good and I found my rhythm. The main set called for a 1000m continuous swim, a 1:00 rest, then another 500m continuous swim. Since I was feeling so good I opted to swim the entire 1500m together (in part so I could see where my time would shake out for the distance), then I’d follow it up with a 1:00 rest, another 250m swim, then cool down for a total of 2500m. The swim was awesome!!
I hopped out of the pool, had a quick shower to get the chlorine out of the hair, and put the running gear on. I also downed a gel. I thought I would try a new one – Key Lime Accel Gel. I wanted to try this one out since it has protein in it. I know as my workouts get longer for half Iron training that I’ll need to incorporate protein in my fueling so I wanted to see how this stuff tasted and worked.
Taste? It was fantastic. It really tasted just like key lime pie filling. How it worked? Oh well…we’ll see…
Mile 1 – 10:25 – I was a bit slow to warm up.
Mile 2 – 10:04 – Getting faster…
Mile 3 – 9:58 – And a bit faster…
Mile 4 – 9:50 – Hitting my stride.
Mile 5 – 9:47 – Faster…but all of a sudden my stomach starts rebelling. Was it the hot sauce? The gel? The pool water I probably ingested earlier in the morning? A combination of all three?
Mile 6 – 9:48 – Holding on…heading back to the Y.
Mile 7 – 9:48 – Still hanging in there
Mile 8 – 9:34 – So close…I just want to be done!
Mile 9 – 10:01 – Total rebellion…
Mile 0.18 – 9:41 – Done, thankfully!
So…was it the gel? Maybe… I still have a couple of packs to try, so we’ll see if it happens again. I won’t be pairing it with Mucho Burrito again though (I’ll save that for before a rest day). My legs felt great on the run, it was just a shame about the ol’ digestive system not feeling quite up to par.
Hope everyone has a great Sunday! Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there, but most especially to my mom!!!!