BY DAVID WARDEN
Day 27 Splits
Extremely favorable weather conditions propelled James to an unbelievable finish today. His elapsed time was the second fastest of the 505050, and his moving time was as close to his elapsed time. as I've seen yet. He was on fire today. Check out the max bike temperature compared to some of the other days. A good tailwind, and great group to ride with him in Maryland resulted in some extra sleep for James tonight!
His recent string of strong finishes in under 14:45 (all but one since day 19) is in part due to the groove James has found in his run. His efficiency, his movement, his walk run strategy have really come together. The last 3 marathons have all been under 6 hours elapsed time. To put that in perspective, his marathon time in Day 1 was only 7 minutes faster. The first chart below, showing daily elapsed run time, says it all. Note the trend since Day 16. He's saving 1-2 total hours in time each day from this decrease in marathon time.
As I mentioned yesterday, I sent James' latest bloodwork into Dr. John Post. John is a legend in the endurance sports world as an athlete and medical expert. He has agreed to consult with James when necessary. It's a huge win for Team Iron Cowboy. John and I worked together when I was at TrainingBible Coaching, and he helped me co-author Triathlon Science. I would list John's credentials here but if I did your screen would explode, so instead check out his website. John is known as a respected on-line contributor, giving straight answers at places like Slowtwitch.com. John was actually a little surprised that the drug testing was done as well. That said, he thought it lent an air of seriousness to the effort. He echoed the previous doc's interpretation noting a few values slightly out of the norm but nothing worrisome. Good news for James! John also does not think that any further blood work is necessary unless a symptom arises that warrants it.