This wasn’t the hardest thing that I have done. I swam for a half an hour this morning, then got on my bike and rode for 2 hours. The riding wasn’t very hard because it was mostly flat and I was supposed to do a relaxed bike ride. I rode around the north shore and then headed over the Lions Gate bride to Stanley Park, the location of my triathlon. I did one of my 2 laps for the race and it wasn’t that hard. There is one hill that is brutal, but otherwise, the ride isn’t so bad. You are almost under the bridge and you can see it way, way, way above you and then you hit this switchback that takes you up and over the bridge.
I got much better at switching gears and that helped alot. I went mountain biking with my gym for the adventure race that I stupidly agreed to be on a team for (http://www.adventurechallenge.ca/index.html). As part of this adventure race, you get to do some training sessions with experts. So while we were mountain biking I figured I could ask the expert what the gear thingy on the left hand handle bar was for. I figured the right one was the main one and the left one was just small degrees within the values of the right. Oh how wrong I was. Turns out it was the other way around. Now it is like I have discovered seven higher gears and seven lower. I can’t tell you how much this helped.
So, over the course of almost 2 hours of biking (1:48 ish), I biked 28.45km. That was right after swimming too. I am not so worried about completing the race now. Okay, that is over stating it. I swim so poorly, I really was surprised, even after swimming for 35 minutes continously last week, that I was able to swim for 30 minutes continuously today. I suck. I really, really need to work on the swimming.
Oh well, under a month to go. When I was in the park I stood and looked over at where the swimming course is. There is already a couple of bouys in the water and some guy was swimming out to one. I wonder if those are the race bouys? I should try swimming out to them later, when I have had a little practice and when I have a friend along for safety.