Longer rides, longer runs, fast swims

Part of the Irish Blessing states, “May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back.”

For my past two long rides the wind has not been at my back for long. I must be building strength because it seems as though the wind has been head on for the majority of my rides. On one morning the wind was a crosswind at 18 mph and gusting up to 24 mph. Tough rides!

The long rides are now 3 and 3-1/2 hours in length. In the middle of the rides I am supposed to ride anywhere from 30-60 minutes at a higher cadence, 90-100 rpm. My bike computer died so I had a new one delivered this week.  

In addition to the increased rides, I am trying different nutrition concoctions. I have tried Infinit, both men and women’s specific. The men’s was too much for my stomach; the women’s was okay. On another ride I mixed some Skratch Labs electrolyte mix with Carbo Pro with a little bit of Salt Sherpa. That mixture was way too sweet. I have also tried Stinger Waffles, Skratch Labs fruit chews, and Lara Bars. I prefer real food, and brought my Feed Zone cookbook and may try some of their recipes.

I think the days of riding with a bottle of electrolyte mixture and another of water are gone for awhile. One of these mixtures is going to be the winner for race day.

My runs are increasing as well. This week my long run was 1-1/2 hours, and I ran/walked 8 miles. The shorter runs include intervals and more speed work.  

I have been swimming in the bay in front of our cottage and doing okay, but not doing any speed work. On Thursday, I went into town to the pool. It is a 25-meter pool, most days no lane ropes. I chose to go at the Adult/Senior swim time at noon. Oh my goodness, it was a fossil fest, and I was the only fossil swimming. There were about 35 senior citizens in the pool floating on noodles or just standing in the water chitchatting. In all seriousness it is great that the seniors in this little town have someplace to go and get a little exercise and socialize.

There was a lane rope designating an actual swim lane, and I swam with a swim team kid who was doing laps of the butterfly stroke. My swim was short, but hard, a warm up, 16x25 meters FAST, the 300 meters at race pace, and cool down. I need a lot more work on my swim.

My coach is here for a week. I'm using this opportunity to ask him questions and have him help with my swim. He told me he is training me to do well not just finish the race. At this point I think the swim is going to be my biggest hurdle, but it is still early.  We shall see!





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.