Day 238: Watching the Ironman Louisville

29 08 2010

The Ironman Louisville took place today, so for our weekly Sunday ride we decided to ride our bikes downtown and watch some of the race. Obviously, many streets were closed off to vehicle traffic for the day, but we were able to take advantage of some of the road closures by heading down River Road — normally a fairly busy road. Several other cyclists seemed to be taking advantage of it too. According to a photographer we talked to, the Ironman participants weren’t due back downtown until around 1 p.m. Carrick and I enjoyed a fun fast-paced 18 mph sprint to the Water Tower a couple miles down the road. Funny to think that 18 mph was a fast pace for us, but for the Ironman people, that was probably pretty pokey.

While we watched a few of the cyclists and some of the runners, it’s amazing to think that people can be in such good physical condition to swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. And to make it all look so effortless. I couldn’t do that if a pack of raging grizzly bears were chasing me. And I’m absolutely positive that Weight Watchers will never help me have a body that looks like the bodies of those doing the Ironman.

The winners of the Ironman Louisville were both Australians: Paul Ambrose and Rebekah Keat. Ambrose won in 8 hours, 29 minutes, 59 seconds and Keat won in 9 hours, 33 minutes, 15 seconds. It was a hot, humid day today too. Carrick and I poked around on our 20-mile ride and I was exhausted and overheated by the time we got home. I admire the folks who are able to do triathalons in this kind of heat. Or any kind of weather for that matter. Truly inspiring.

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
— Whole wheat english muffin = 1 point
— 1 Tbsp peanut butter = 2 points
— Chocolate milk = 3 points

Lunch:
— Subway turkey sandwich = 5 points
— Root beer (about 1/2 can) = 1.5 points

Dinner:
— 2 chicken fajitas = 5 points
— 1/4 cup guacamole = 2 points
— Tortilla chips (about 15) = 4 points
— Iced tea = 0 points

Exercise:
— 20 mile bike ride (12 mph average) = +3 activity points

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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