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Welcome to my blog. What is a triathlon? It's a swim, bike and run usually in that order. My goal is to give exposure and insight to triathlons along with encouraging living a healthy life style. My post will also contain my collective thoughts pertaining to my training experiences. Feel free to send an email to ej@trilifeblog.com with any feedback or questions you may have. facebook: www.facebook.com/TriLifeBlog

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Put a fork in it the “To Hotter’N Hell and Back” weekend is done. I’d like to throw a huge thank you to Lisa, Alexander, Eric, Ron, Ryan, Keith and Steph of the Tri Junkie triathlon club, Bicycles Inc. and Patterson RV of Wichita Falls. The support of my fellow club members and sponsors made this a successful trip. Each member had their own personal goals for this venture and I’m certain we all walked away with our goals met.

I treated this three day experience as a training weekend. My goal was to use the hours on the bike to help me prepare for IM Florida. I wanted to gain the mental and nutrition preparation needed for my IM event. I was very pleased with the turn out of the training session.

Here are the stats and a brief summary of the three day ride. Below the stats are some pictures of the ride.      

08-26-2011 Friday Day 1 – Springtown to Wichita Falls
Distance: 85.58 miles
Time: 4 hours 19 minutes
Pace: 19.7 mph
Elevation Gain: 2,225 feet
Calories Burned: 5,668

Ride Summary: Hilly and maybe 20 miles of chip seal made for a pretty rough ride. We had a break about every 20 miles. Towards the end of the ride the road was pretty smooth but, by then the temperature was hot as was the air that hit us while we road. I made sure to take in a recovery drink, consume a lot of calories and get a leg massage to recover for next day’s ride.

08-27-2011 Saturday Day 2 – Hotter’N Hell
Distance: 101.51 miles
Time: 4 hours 34 minutes
Pace: 22.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,090 feet
Calories Burned: 7,201

Ride Summary: I meet up with my fellow tri Junkies for the early morning start of the 100 mile ride. There were thousands lined up on the street waiting for the early gun. I was glad that I was able to ride with fellow Tri Junkie Joe. He is also training for IM Florida and I knew our cycling level was pretty even. We took it easy the first 10 miles and averaged 18.5 mph. The crowd was very thick and we did not want to risk an accident. When the crowed finally thinned out we were able to push a solid pace averaging 23.4 mph for the rest of the 91 miles. It was just the two of us for the duration of the ride we helped pull each other through the route. This ride was fast and flat. I repeated the same recover drink and calorie recovery along with another leg massage to prep for the last ride of the weekend.

08-27-2011 Sunday Day 3 – Wichita Falls to Mineral Wells
Distance: 100 miles
Time: 5 hours 3 minutes
Pace: 19.8 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,915 feet
Calories Burned: 6,723

Ride Summary: The final day. My quads were a bit sore when I woke up. I hit them with some Bio Freeze before we headed out. We elected to take a different route back. I had no idea what to expect. The route had not been scouted. Personally I felt that this ride was the toughest one out of the three days. I could place some of it on my fatigue however there was a constant head wind and several long gradual hills. Day one had the largest of the three day’s elevation gain however the head wind was not that bad.

Totals and averages for the three day ride:
Distance: 287.09 Miles
Time: 13 hours 56 minutes
Average Pace: 20.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 5,230
Calories Burned: 19,592

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