• 21st May 2002 - By greg

    May 21

    Bike Run Swim Total
    Today 42 15 0 57
    Total to Date 351 45 3 399

    distances in km.

    May 21

    Ah, the yin and yang of life on the trike – it’s a continual give and take. You get something and you give something back.

    On the i90 the pretty is gone, but I have my luxuriously wide shoulder. No more stress about fitting in with traffic – it all just roars by.

    Yesterday it was 90 degrees in Helena (not far from where I was) and today it snowed on me.

    It rained all day and my gear is soaked but I had a decent tail wind blowing me to my destination.

    But overall, a good day. A much more realistic 57-km traveled from Deer Lodge to Butte. I started at 10:00 am, cycled 42 km then ran 15 km finishing at around 3:00 pm.

    Since I’ve changed my route, I have not yet checked my map for distances and hotel accommodations, and so I got a chance to do that today. Here is how the tentative plan looks:

    Wed from Butte to Dillon 93 km Thurs from Dillon to Dubois 150 km

    Thursday is going to be another ‘oh my heck day’, but I have no choice because I didn’t bring a tent.

    Fri from Dubois to Idaho Falls 81 km Sat from Idaho Falls to Pocatello 76 km Sun I think I might stay in Pocatello and put in some swimming time. Mon Pocatello to I have no idea yet – I can’t seem to find a hotel anywhere around the 100km distance!

    After that, I don’t know because I don’t have a hotel guide for Utah. Also – I am aware that bikes are NOT allowed on Utah interstates, which might present a bit of a problem. But as you know, I am riding The Triathlon Machine – not a mere ‘bike’. The map shows plenty of side roads from the border into Salt Lake City. At most I think it might be a couple more days putting me a bit ahead of schedule at a grand total of around 12 days.

    I need to start paying some attention to my bike/run/swim proportions. According to the official ‘rules’ (I make the rules), I need to cycle 80% of the total distance, run 18% and swim 2% just like the Ironman 3-sport breakout.

    I’m psyched about how I feel right now – no real bad soreness – my right anterior tibia is a bit tight, but otherwise I feel great.

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