Cap2Cap: My First Century

A few months ago, my IMNC group - me, my dad, my dad's friend who is like a second dad to me, and dad's friend's girlfriend - decided to sign up for Cap2Cap, a century (a.k.a. 100 mile) bike ride. Unfortunately, the name is a little misleading: it doesn't actually go from Williamsburg (colonial capital of Virginia) to Richmond (current capital), but instead makes a giant loop between them. So you never actually ride in either city, which was kind of a bummer. It was on May 14, the same day as my graduation ceremony, which I had never planned to attend anyway, so what better way to celebrate than to ride with some of my favorite people (and a few hundred? thousand?) others?! It seemed like a good idea at the time. 

After injuring my foot in March, I had no races or endurance events planned for the foreseeable future except for, oh, this 100-mile bike ride. I expressed more than once that despite my best attempts, I was seriously undertrained, and the only reason I wasn't absolutely flipping out and debating bailing on the whole thing was because it was a ride and not a race. I knew I'd be with a group that wouldn't leave me, there'd be pit stops along the way, and it wasn't timed. But still, with a projected ride time of 6-7 hours it was slated to be my longest endurance event ever (both in time and distance), and none of those previously mentioned facts made riding my bike ONE HUNDRED miles an easy task. 

Ironman North Carolina Training: Week 1

Just like I did for Beach2Battleship, I plan on recapping every week of my Ironman North Carolina training. I don't know what day of the week I'll get them up, but I want to keep up with them because, while I log individual workouts on other sites, those logs don't tell a story. I know these posts aren't particularly exciting for most people and I may even end up turning comments off at some point because these posts are mostly pointless for anyone who isn't me - and that's okay!

So, this is it. My official 20 weeks of ironman training started this week. I chose to work with a coach for this one for, well, a lot of reasons, but the main one is that I just feel more comfortable having someone who knows what he's talking about walk me through this. My half Ironman last year was the first time I'd ever paid for a training plan, for the same reason: I just didn't think I could juggle three sports by myself. So I paid for a plan and was really successful with it, so logically, with even more complexities added in for a full, it made sense to work with someone.