BY DAVID WARDEN
Day 20 Splits
As we mark Day 20, I'd to express my appreciation to James' supporters, on this blog and via other mediums. I appreciate that you understand the "big picture" of this goal. Supporting James, often defending James, means the world to him. The thought of disappointing you gets him out of bed each day.
At the same time, I want to come to the defense of the critics and skeptics. They keep us honest. They pave the way for an even better 505050 in the future. Some of their feedback is right. The tone has not always been productive, and I wish sometimes that the point could have been made more elegantly and less personally. There's a fine line between critic and hater, but it can be navigated by some. The current and any other 505050 attempt will be shaped by both the positive and critical feedback.
James' swim was a pleasant surprise considering the 2 hour swim on Day 19 with the shoulder issue. That is almost back to his median swim time of 1:23.
James recovers faster than anyone I have ever met. He's like the Wolverine of endurance sports.
Bike power data is certainly not right today, but an early peak at his live bike for Day 21 shows the issue has been addressed (I always write the blog the day after he finishes, it's like peering into the future when I write these). My guess is that if the Garmin expects data from two pedals, but only gets it from one, we have this issue. Double his power from 58 to 116, and that's about right. Note that left/right balance is 100% on the right, which bolsters the theory that the left pedal was not sending.
Can we talk James' tatoos? Anyone have a bead on how many he has? I swear I see a new one with each FB post. Same with his kids, I think I've got them all down and then another one pops up in a picture.