While out on a ride yesterday one of Arizona’s famous monsoon storms decided to roll in. I was about 45 minutes from home when all hell decided to break loose. The sky grew dark, the wind kicked up to 30+ mph, the temp dropped from the 90’s to the low 70’s and liquid sunshine began to dump from the sky. None of that bothers me to much. But, when lightning starts popping all around you at close proximity it kind of motivates you to pick up the pace a bit so you can get some cover. My usual loop of 1:35 was completed in 1:26…this on tired legs after racing a 1/2 Ironman 4 days prior!
After a mid-season “break” of 3 weeks reduced training, the build for Ironman Arizona has begun. The first week transitioning back to the higher volume/intensity definitely put my body in hurt mode. The heat and Arizona “monsoon” season humidity have added to the hurt factor. Makes keeping on top of hydration a full-time affair. During my break time I got to cut back to 8-9 workouts a week..about 10-12 hours of training. A 17 hour week (15 workouts) to transition followed by 18.5 hours last week. 10 20+ hour weeks will follow and then 3 weeks to taper. Throw in 4 races (a 1/2 Ironman, 2 sprint tri’s and a duathlon) between now and then and that makes for a busy schedule! 13 weeks seems just around the corner.