Monday, July 25, 2011


So, for probably the first time in my life, I quit before the end of a workout yesterday.  Here is the scenario:
There was four of us (me, Bailey, Wilson, and Smitty) biking a total of 75 miles starting in New Albany Sunday at 11:00 AM.  It was HOT and I was not feeling the greatest.  I had been in Cleveland the night before celebrating with friends.  In terms of preparing for a long ride, I did almost everything wrong:
1.  Ran 16 miles in the scorching heat the day prior
2.  Did not hydrate after the run like I should have
3.  Drank 4 or 5 drinks with my friends the night before
4.  Got no more than 5 hours of sleep the night before
5.  Started the right at 11:00 AM - just in time to bike the hottest part of the day
6.  The ride started at 11:00 AM and I was in a hurry to get back from Cleveland that I had eaten very little for breakfast - and we biked through lunch.
7.  Did not drink my fluids (Infinit - fat girl juice) during the ride
8.  I had a friend in the hospital for 2 days the prior week from heat exhaustion that occurred during the MusselMan 1/2 Ironman
If I had only done 2 or 3 of the above mentioned items, I would have probably been fine.  But all 8 put me over the edge.  I was getting goose bumps, seeing bright spots, and my heart rate was off the charts (170s when it is usually 130-145).  So - I called it quits. My husband picked me up at mile 60 while the rest of the group finished the ride for a total of 75 miles or so.
Do I feel like a quitter?  Kind of.  Could I have finished the ride with out dying?  Probably.  Could it have all been in my head - due to my friend passing out the prior week and me seeing her delirious?  Maybe.  Do I regret making a celebration with some major friend with some major life occurrences a priority?  Never. 
Moral of the story is prep for your training and don't be an idiot.  You CAN have friends and do an Ironman - I promise!  But you have GOT to think through how you are going to make it all balance.  Also, be nice to a loved one so that they will pick you up when you are smart enough to know when enough is enough:)


1 comment:

  1. Good for you. I once took a nap in a grass field in the middle of a run. It's not always going to be your day. Best to learn how to cope with the mental side of that and rebound, because something is bound to be not perfect on race day, too.