The 70.3 Approacheth

This Sunday is the Lonestar 70.3 (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) in Galveston, TX, or better known as “a half Ironman”, because the distances are half the distances of an Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run).

This will be my first half-iron, and I’m both excited and nervous.   But, to catch you up on all things BJR:

  1. I think I have found the cause that I am going to train for in the second half of this year (i.e. what charity I want to support, and how).  Nothing’s final, but an announcement will hopefully come out before the end of May.
  2. Last Saturday, I did a 1.4 mile open water swim in just under 40 minutes.   This is 1) thanks to my wetsuit 2) thanks to Maurice and the T3 swim coaches.  I’m a much stronger swimmer than I was on January 1.  Pictures of the Cap Tex open water swim below!  Lisa did the 750 m swim, her first time in a (borrowed, thanks Angie) wetsuit.  It was probably too small for her because she couldn’t breathe.  Swimming without being able to breathe is much harder than it sounds.
  3. Heart rate training.  Mak and Curtis had jumped on me last Fall for not having a heart rate monitor and training that way, so I jumped way into the deep end with a purchase of a Garmin 310XT, which is like wearing a small laptop on your wrist, but it only weights about 2.5 ounces.  This thing is incredible.  I’ve only used it three times and it’s already changed the way I worked out – I was very blind to my heart rate and what zone I was in, and even blind to my cadence (I knew I was a grinder – i.e. I pedal with a lower cadence than most, but I had no idea how slow I spin).  My heart rate while cycling was much lower than I expected, my heart rate while running a 9 minute mile pace (probably a half marathon pace for me) was higher than expected.  Mostly I hope this gizmo will let me know in the half-iron when I need to slow down.

Pictures from the Cap Tex Open Water Swim (Saturday, April 17)

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