Monday, August 2, 2010

Lessons Learned From Training Camp

  1. I can swim over 3800 m in open water!
  2. 180 km is a really long bike ride.
  3. The cycling shorts I was planning on wearing race day are…ahem…not quite as opaque as I thought.  I realized I was in trouble when Nola asked me if I had had my bike shorts for a long time or not.
  4. I have to wear gloves on the bike or else it is ridiculously uncomfortable. 
  5. I need to make sure I am on top of my nutrition on the bike.  Luckily pretzels and peanut butter wraps combined with Infinit seem to be working well for me.
  6. The time to eat solids is well before Osoyoos and after climbing Richter.  I don’t want to be attempting to digest solids while my heart rate starts increasing over a climb.
  7. If your feet get hot on the bike, step off.  Pouring cold water on them too can help on race day.
  8. I will need to carry chamois butter in my bento box!
  9. Start off slow on the run!  Focus on getting to the next aid station, don’t attempt to contemplate the marathon as a whole!
  10. Running 4:1 intervals will probably work really well for me on race day.

It is really hard to believe that the race is less than a month out.  Wow, time flies!

16 comments:

Running~Jordan said...

:) can't wait to read the race report!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

Sounds like I need to get my ass to camp!!!

Keith said...

1- Of course you can! And you loved it.
2- Oh yeah. Mental confidence and pacing is key.
3- You say that like it's a bad thing for a fit girl.
4- Me to, wouldn't consider it otherwise. The couple seconds taken to put them on are well worth it.
5- I'll have to try the peanut butter wraps. It ought to work for me, love peanut butter.
6- Solid food note taken.
7- I'll have to try that. I wonder if I can have a pan of ice water at special needs?
8- Don't eat the butter!
9- Is it physically possible to start any other way than slow?
10 - My coach and I are discussing what intervals are appropriate. I figure I'm gonna have to walk at some point, so might as well make a plan, and walk while it's still possible to run again.

Less than a month, EEK!

Tracy said...

Less than 4 weeks now! It is hard to believe. We are ready, we will be ready and it will be the time of our life! Can't wait to see you there!

Alexandra said...

Leana, what do you mean by running 4:1 intervals? You sound ready for the big day!

Petraruns said...

I am SO excited for you. I can't believe how hard you work and how well you've done. Well done girl!

Wes said...

Those are good lessons to learn early. The more you know, the better off you will be. 29 days and counting.... (EEEEK! :-)

TNTcoach Ken said...

Sounds like you have a handle on this race.

Marlene said...

Sounds like it was a VERY worthwhile training camp! You're going to be all set.

Dano said...

It is good to learn all this stuff before race day! I am taking notes for next year, lol. Keep up the hard work Leana!

Badgergirl said...

Sounds like you learned some great lessons at camp. Can't believe it's getting so close!

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Julie said...

Sooo funny about the bike shorts. LOL!! At least you have an honest and forthright friend. I hope if my shorts wore out someone would tell me. :)

Amy said...

This is a good tips, will keep that in mind too. Good luck to the runs!!!

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