Long Distance Training

October 8, 2016

This week held the longest ride and my longest training run. We headed back to Canada for their Thanksgiving, and I was able to run/walk 15 miles in three hours. The ride was the Southern Magnolia 100 last Sunday, October 2.  

For the Southern Magnolia, it was a beautiful morning with comfortable temperatures. One of my friends decided to ride with me, and we headed out for the country roads where there was very little vehicle traffic.  A few dogs, none of which seemed vicious, and only wanted to run, had chased us.  We were riding along when two dogs were in the middle of the road.  They turned and saw us, and came ambling up wagging their tails.  The large chocolate lab was extremely friendly, so friendly that he walked up to me, and while I was trying to get to the side of the road he walked into my front wheel.

We both went down!

Fortunately we were on the grass by then.  He just lay there looking at me and I petted him, my friend pulled my bike off of us, and the dog got up, shook himself off and walked on home with his buddy. I bruised my arm and hip. Actually the hip bruise did not show up until a couple of days ago.  We finished the ride with multiple stops at the aid stations. My plan for Ironman Florida is to not stop before 50 miles, and maybe make only one or two other stops.  

I had one short swim and a 1-1/2 hour trainer ride early in the week then it was off to Canada again. Yesterday I had a 3-hour run/walk scheduled. It was a beautiful day and I got started with pouches full of GUs and fruit chews. I tried to take some nutrition ever 5 miles, a little more often after 10 miles. The run/walk program seems to be working. I think I can do an additional 10 miles for the race.  I am a bit stiff today, but not too bad.

I am trying to talk myself into a 30-minute open water swim today. Right now the winds are pretty high out of the north.  I shall watch the weather and see how the day progresses.  

Monday is the Canadian Thanksgiving and there is a big Thanksgiving potluck dinner. I am ready to replenish the calories I burned this week.

I think I have at least one more long ride, and possibly another long run before it is time to taper. It won’t be long before it is race day in Panama City Beach, Florida, on Saturday, November 5.

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Gini Fellows

About Gini


Gini Fellows, a registered nurse, teaches health and wellness at the Biloxi, Mississippi, campus of Tulane University.  She’ll turn 70 in August, and is training for her first full Ironman in Florida in November 2016.  Her coach is her son, Patrick, who’s a huge inspiration to Gini as he schedules her workouts and helps her sort through her doubts and fears.

Gini’s always been active but only began competing in triathlons in 2007, after knee surgery.  In 2013 she competed in her first Ironman 70.3 race, and surprisingly came in 3rd in her age group, qualifying for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.  In preparation for that distance Gini competed in Ironman Texas 70.3 and came in 1st in her age group.

Last year Gini began thinking about attempting to complete a full Ironman.  After talking it over with Patrick, who is competing with her, she decided to register and commit to her training.

Gini says she began her journey to Ironman Florida this winter by building a base and now she’s beginning to add harder and more specific workouts.

Gini’s excited to be blogging about her training – in her words, “the good, the bad, the ugly!!”

Thank you for following!!

A note about Ironman triathlons.

The Ironman 70.3 refers to the total distance in miles covered in the event, which comprises a 1.2-mile swim, a 57-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run.

A full Ironman triathlon event comprises a 2.4-mile swim, a 114-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run.

Ironman also has other events, including events for children and for women only.  For additional information, see the Ironman website.