By David Warden
Day 5 Splits
I'm more and more impressed with James each day. A year ago this goal was ethereal. Today it's surreal.
The swim today was routine. And by routine I mean "doing an Ironman every day for 50 days" kind of routine.
Good news is that we have power data back. The bad news is that I don't believe the results. James' had a Quarq for power data for Days 1-3 until he dropped a chain and broke it. It was replaced with the Garmin Vector pedal system today. The Vector is a fantastic system, I love it, but it has to be setup exactly right. My guess is that the crank length may not be accurate in his device. A 6:45 bike time should be a result of lower power than the previous days, but not that low. I've sent some instructions to James' mechanic on how I've managed to get the Vector to provide very consistent and accurate results, and I hope to see those changes by Day 7. I'm guessing it is running about 30 watts low currently.
Even with the power off, James intensity is great. Low HR, low power (probably), low 20 minute peak. Left/right balance is closer to normal, albeit with a new device to measure it. Cadence is still not as high as I would like, but I've reconsidered this position. More on that for another day.
Total Ironman time is right where I would like to see it each day, just about a perfect day today in terms of pacing.