|The climb and the descent|
It's good to have great training partners, and I've got one. About 15 miles out of Huntington Beach, Craig told me to get on his wheel. He wanted to hammer but knew I needed to stay as fresh as possible for the run. We made it back to Huntington Beach pretty quick, hitting 22 or 23 miles an hour when we had the road to do so. When we got back to town, Craig headed home to get ready to see Cowboys & Aliens with his son. When I got home, I got ready to run.
|Bolsa Chica Beach Path|
It was a pretty typical run, save for miles 2 and 3, where for some reason things got a little rough. But by the time I hit the beach I had found my legs and finished the run strong.
The Bike - 53.32 miles in 3:08:34; Average speed 17 MPH
The Run - 10 miles in 1:22:27; Average pace 8:14/mile
As I mentioned, I would have liked to have had a faster bike split. But you know how group rides are sometimes, and all things considered I'm happy to go with the flow. Luckily, the second half was the fast half and despite drafting off of Craig for the last 15 miles, I definitely felt the ride in my legs when I started running. I'm happy with the run. I'll be going for a faster pace on race day but I feel today was aggressive enough to test my ability but not so over the top where recovery is going to take awhile.
Going into this workout, I was pretty sure that things would go fine. That said, I'm glad to have done it as it was definitely a confidence builder. So when it comes time to execute the race next month, I'll be building off some experience.