Sunday, January 4, 2009
Last weekend to be f'ing around.
Say hello to my little friend.
This is my new Garmin 405. It's a watch, heart rate monitor, GPS and virtual training partner. This is straight badass!! It will help keep me in line when I am running so I don't go out too fast or run to damn hard. You see... training for a marathon and training for an Ironman marathon are 2 different things. In a normal marathon I can hold a 7:45 pace. In an IM marathon I am holding whatever I can since my legs are trashed from being on the bike for 5 hours and 45 minutes. So I am thinking like 9:15's. This puppy shows my pace per mile in real time so I can see where I am at pace wise. It also shows my distance, heart rate and it has a virtual training partner. What VTP does is that I program it for an 8:30 pace and my VTP will hold 8:30 no matter what. I can check my watch and see if I am ahead or behind the pace that I have scheduled myself for the day. If I am not running with someone this comes in awfully handy. It also works on the bike though I do not like using a watch on the bike. I have a Polar computer on my bike that tells me my speed, cadence, distance and heart rate. I am good with that.
On Sat. I did a 40 mile ride. The first 1/3 I went way too hard and had to reel myself back down so I could finish the ride. I was riding like a meathead. Once I calmed down I kept my HR around 165 to 170 and that's where I want to be. The last 10 miles or so the wind picked up and slowed me down a bit but I kept on chugging away. I stayed out on the route for an extra 6 miles while everyone else headed back to the cars. I was happy to stay out. I plan on doing this more often.
Sunday was a cold and windy run day. Thank the lord I had gloves. I wore my new pimp ass watch and even though I have no idea how to use it I looked totally cool. I figured out the run time, distance, pace per mile and HR. The rest will come in time. 7 miles down and I called it a day. Just didn't feel like going any further.
On a sad note....... my buddy Bo had a bad accident this morning. He's in the ICU at Brackenridge in a medically induced coma. No one is to blame, he just hit a split in the road and his front tire got sucked into it and he went over the bars. He had his helmet on but he still landed really bad. I am hoping for some better news tomorrow as the doctors are saying it's a day to day issue. Here's to a quick and healthy recovery my man.