I caught up with Mike Mendoza, The Patriot Racer, last week as he recapped his performance at Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene.
So first of all, how hot was it? I remember a couple years back the Coeur d’Alene full Ironman topping off at around 106º.
It was 92º, so a little on the hot side. But definitely not that bad, thank God.
How was it overall?
It was a good race overall.The bike was good, swim was good. I kept a 7:49 pace on the run, so not extremely fast. I’m still nursing my calf (from a strain a few weeks earlier).
What helps you when you have to run slower? How do you deal with it? Keeping that big picture in mind.
It’s tough, because running too slow you can injure yourself -but running too fast you can burn out. Im doing about 70%. The calf pain could come out of nowhere, like it did in Raleigh, so I know not to push it too hard even if I feel good in the moment. And I know that I’ve been able to keep pace with the other runners and catch them after a few miles when they’ve burned out. Continue reading