Yesterday, I did the longest workout of my life:
3 x (120 minute bike + 70 minute run)
Yes, you read that right… a total of 9.5 hours.
A week and a half ago, I had a similar workout scheduled, but I had to stop after 2 sets due to a combination of issues… some of them being nutrition-related.
I made some adjustments yesterday, and they worked! One of the changes I made was nutrition-related, and the other was mental. I think the latter was more significant. I went into the workout yesterday with the outlook that quitting was not an option… that I would keep pedaling and putting one foot in front of the other until I was done…
And the result was that I finished the workout, and felt much better than I did in my previous attempt! 🙂
I have never done an Ironman, but I have heard countless people talk about how it is very much a mental race. Yes, putting in the miles is (obviously) important for a race that long. But a lot also comes down to how you handle yourself mentally on race day.
Yesterday’s workout proves one thing to me: I am ready for Ironman Coeur d’Alene! I’m sure race day will not be easy, but now I am more prepared to face the mental challenges I’ll face on June 23. Only 24 days to go!!!
Here’s the rundown of what I ate before and during my workout yesterday:
– Cereal with milk
– Orange Juice
– Coffee w/ Creamer
– 40 oz Fluid (400 calories total – mixed a little “rich”)
– 1/2 Bonk Breaker (125 calories)
– 20 oz Fluid (200 calories total – mixed a little “rich”)