Well, anyway, back to Ironman training with my husband. Ironman Texas is just around the corner and we're logging some big miles. We have this training thing going where we train together but not together. It's not very complicated really. We set out to ride or run or swim together with the understanding that when he gets ahead, he's just supposed to keep going until it's time to regroup (like at a water stop or whatever). Honestly, if he tries to wait for me at every hill or descent and soft pedals and looks back- it drives me crazy! We USED to do that, but now, we just kind of know that he will wait when it's important. Which means that he gets to make his workout work for him and I can stick to mine without having to constantly feel like I am going "too hard".
I was just thinking about this a lot today as I spent 7 hours looking at (and drifting away from) James' butt. We started with a 5.5 ride with 8,000+ feet of climbing. Hilly rides were historically "tough" for us as I can hang pretty well on a wheel in the flats, but put a hill in front of me (up or down) and i'm OTB with a quickness. Well, James and I were on the same page and we both know the ride (Kit Carson to Wohlford to Mt. Palomar down East Grade back the 76 to Cole Grade and down Valley Center...whew) so we knew we'd regroup at the top of Wohlford, the taco shop (where we don't eat tacos), etc. It was funny, though, because we were with Matt & Airy- who are both total gentleman. I could tell they would feel bad when I would fall back and they'd try to wait- and do the whole soft pedal, look back, let up dance. They maybe even thought it odd that James would just tell them to go ahead and leave me behind until the regroup. Anyway, by this point, James knows me and he knows I'm not going to be upset and that I actually appreciate them moving along until a spot we would normally stop anyway. So, it works (And thanks for waiting, guys!).
|At the Mt. Palomar store- 90 minutes of climbing fun to get there!|
After the ride, we went home and it was time for an hour run. We decided to leave the house together (good motivation to just get out the door!) and then separate. But, in the first mile, I realized that he was in fact taking it mellow and I decided to hang on for the ride. Great call! We wove our way through the Encinitas Ranch trails and of course since James had picked the route, it was very hilly. We didn't talk much (we'd already been together since 6am!) but we ran together an enjoyed the silent company and perfect sunny day. It was a few notches faster than I would have run alone, but once I settled in, I realized the pace was perfect (and as Charisa mentioned in a post a month or so back- I need to redefine "easy"). Sure, we were running sub 8 minute pace on a tough route, but it wasn't hard and it was quite comfortable. BUT, if I had been jogging alone, the pace would have been much more yogging, less running.
And as if James hadn't paid his dues enough today, we topped it off with a 1500yd swim together, and yes, he led the whole time! As I said on twitter today...I spent 7 hours looking at my husband's butt. At least it's a cute one!
But, I must say he's even cuter from the front as seen below. Yes, after 7 hours of dragging me around, he still cooked up an epic dinner (And wore his cute lululemon shants with his I heart cyclocross shirt...love him!) That's it for now. Refueling for another big day tomorrow!