Thursday, April 26, 2007

Wednesday, we didn't end up going to swim practice; Dustin was studying and I had a bad headache. Then, Thursday, Jason Schuler, a submarine buddy of Dustin's came into Port Canaveral (a 2.5 hour drive), so we drove down there and had some good Thai food with him and had a couple drinks out on the beach, spent the night in his hotel room with an ocean view and then drove back the next morning in time for me to see my patients and Dustin to go to class. Friday, we were off, even though we should have made up some training that day!

Saturday, it was cool in the morning, so we decided to bike a little later at Baldwin Trail. Probably not a good idea, because we didn't get started until after 11 for a SIXTY mile bike ride, followed by a 6 mile run. We did an out and back, out and back (twice) for the bike and the run. That way, we could refill water bottles, and get more nutrition stuff. This was the first day that we experimented with nutrition and timing of intaking calories. We tried HEED (similar to Gatorade, but without simple sugars; made of complex carbs). We set our watches to beep every 10 minutes to drink, and then eat a bar at quarter after the hour, and take electrolytes at quarter to the hour. We felt really good on the bike, and it felt good to experiment with the nutrition and get a better handle on that. However, by the time we started to run, it was HOT and sunny with not as much wind, so we pretty much bonked. We still ran under a 9 minute mile for 6 miles, but we both felt completely exhausted (more than after any of the marathons we have run). So, the nutrition thing didn't work for us that time, but we also didn't take any of the more powerful products like Sustained Energy or Perpetuem. We just got our package delivered with all those good things in there, plus much more and free products too! So, this weekend, we will experiment more with those. They say to not mix these products with simple sugars, but we are finding out that many of our friends actually do to give them added energy. Maybe that's why we bonked, because we didn't have our Gatorade that we were used to.

Anyway, Dustin took about a 6 minute nap in the car on the way home (he was too tired to drive, so I did), but then I had to take a 10 minute nap on the floor as soon as we walked in the door. See, we didn't leave ourselves much time before we had to leave for Judy's suprise birthday party that her fiance, David was throwing for her! We pretty much had to nap, shower, and leave in a hurry. Who would have thought we would have been the last ones to leave the party that night after 2 AM!!!!!! Crazy, but we had a great time!

Sunday afternoon, we went to the Ponte Vedra Y to their outside pool and swam 2200 meters, our longest swim so far without stopping. Then, we ran over 4 miles on the Palm Valley Bridge and it was hot once again!

Monday, we did an 18 mile bike ride just before dark on Wonderwood bridges, because Tuesday, we had the Team in Training Honored Teammate Picnic at Metro Park, which was fun!

Yesterday, Wednesday, we went out to run 5 miles after work and ended up running 10! We figured we didn't want to run it later in the week, so we went ahead and did it yesterday down Girvin, out and back, then out and back again with a stop at the house for water, gatorade, and gu. Then, Dustin made a big ole steak for dinner on the grill (with portabello mushrooms) and I made asparagus and baked pototoes. It was a great meal, we sat outside on our lovely tiled patio and then layed on our hammock after that. We definitely needed the rest.

Tonight, on Thursday, we went to spin class, Greg was subsituting for Bob, but we still got a good workout. Then, on to swim class with Christine and she made us work hard as usual and we swam about 2400 meters tonight. Then, I told Dustin that if we worked really hard in both classes tonight, we could treat ourselves to Cafe Carmon in San Marco. I had been craving the baked brie since we went there last week. We just had bread, salad, and the brie and it was yummy! I think it's good to give yourself rewards like that every once in awhile!

This weekend is our 75 mile bike ride, called Tour de Forts on Sunday, and our ocean swim on Saturday morning! We get to rest tomorrow though! Yeah!

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