BY DAVID WARDEN
Day 14 Splits
Bike: 6:46:31 (1:47:06 + 4:59:25)
Run: 6:08:58 (5:33:29 + 35:29 + 8:38)
Has James turned a corner? It's good to see the total times stabilizing, and he has not swam this fast since Day 2. I'm unsure how we can compare the indoor Ironman events to the outdoor, so I want to wait until we have a few more days of outdoor IMs. Since today was 90% outside, a 14 hour IM is a really good sign when compared to Days 8-11.
James split the bike up today to part inside and part outside, the first 1.75 hours inside. The run is also in three uploads, I am not sure why.
Will this challenge end up being more about mental toughness or physical toughness? I'm starting to lean towards the former. The lack of sleep and recovery has been inhuman. Check out the sleep schedule James has reported to me since Day 1 (Louisville = Louisiana).
I could not function on that sleep schedule even if I was not exercising at all. Granted, there are some naps in there unaccounted for, but James has shown he is mentally tough. Fortunately, the travel time has been significantly reduced from state to state.
Power data looks normal again but left right balance is a sign of James' form breaking down. We missed this metric in the indoor rides and I'll have to remind him of it. Also note the HR is back higher now that we are outside, which is typical.