Hills on Hills…oh Hills

After getting to see part of the triathlon bike course last weekend, I knew I needed to start training hard on the hills. If not, I’m in for a major butt whipping. What better place to train than Wilson’s Creek Battlefield?! With segments like Bloody Hill…oh, Bloody Hill. I’ve been out a few times for training runs. Almost every time, I’ve lost to the hills.

Today, I was determined to beat them.

I had a goal to complete two, five mile loops. No pace goal. Just do it. Happy to say, I crushed it. THREE times. I have to get over my fear of downhills. There is no way around them. It certainly is easier when I’m alone. I may or may not have screamed going down a hill or two. I topped out at almost 33 MPH.

I also made it up every hill. Slowly, but surely. By the last loop, I really felt like I was tapping into pushing down from my glutes instead of working so much from my hamstrings. Way more efficient and comfortable. I just need to keep practicing. I’m very happy with an overall pace of 13.8 MPH. I’m only getting better from here!

Tomorrow is a brick day – swim then bike. Boyfriend is going to help me plan a route around campus. Mostly I want to see what it feels like to come out of the pool and go straight into biking. I’m nervous! In an excited way 🙂

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