With the the help of Champion Performance, they released some trigger points and broke up some adhesion in my neck and foot, that helped me a lot. My body feels so much better and more prepared to workout.
I remember when I started out running, I was totally clueless, I would run through pain, have bad form, workouts alone about 99% of the time, and did many crazy training ideas that no one should do. Fast forward to 2014, I have a coach, a team of health professionals, supporting family, and more friends who are endurance athletes that I can talk to. Not sure knowing what I know now would have made a difference in 2014. What I do know is that I have a lot more friends who are getting healthier and fit because I decided to sign up for the 2008 NYC Marathon.
Getting back to my longest outdoor ride of 2014, my guess that with each month, I will get to say that this is my longest ride of 2014 :) I was a little anxious about riding today, since it was misty last night. The roads got drier by the time I headed out this morning. I rode around my hilly neighborhood, getting lost and making a few u-turns because of dead end streets.
Plenty of shifting, getting use to the aerobottle between my handlebars, and testing different nutrition. Today, a combination of coconut water, heed and ice for my hydration. For food, I tried the HoneyStinger (Strawberry) and Nature's Bakery Fig Bar (Blueberry). No belly issues today! Usually I don't have GI issues in general, and my coach wants to make sure I am prepared!
I was concerned about the saddle, and the Cobb Plus seemed to be good. I've been trying out different saddles and riding outdoors versus on the indoor trainer makes a difference. We shall see when the rides get longer and longer.
Based on my stats today, it will take me 7 hours and 45 minutes to finish my bike portion of the Ironman. Working on getting that down to 6. 29 miles in 2 hours, now I can beat the Kenyans!
Wipe down the Tardis and off to be the taxi for the kids!