BY DAVID WARDEN
Day 39 Splits
I regret the thin content the last few days. Managing the IC remotely has been more challenging than ever, and has included responsibilities I never considered possible.
James is doing exceptionally well, as evidenced by his overall time today, his best non-river swim since Day 29. I can feel it in his communications (almost exclusively via text). The doubt and discouragement from the dark days of day 20-25 have completely turned around. All his communications are upbeat and positive. Not that he was negative before, but there were some dark, dark days. Now I can tell he sees the finish line.
It is interesting to look at his total times from fastest to slowest, below. A statistician could find patterns in here that I'm unwilling to put in the effort to find, but there is at least one item of note. Six of James' slowest performances took place in the first 11 days. Was it the tough bike courses of the mountain west? Someday I'll record the elevation gain for each day and be able to answer definitively. For now, I flatter myself that my theory was correct: I didn't need to get James ready for 50 IMs in a row, I just needed to get him ready for 10. The fitness to do the remaining 40 builds from there. In other words, what's the best way prepare for 50 IMs in a row? Do 10 in a row and repeat 4 more times.