am) 26.5 miles in 2:54.
When I left triathlon and started just running I sensed a sort of lack of respect from runners for triathletes. Maybe I was just paranoid? Something about triathletes seems to rub runners the wrong way. This morning I sort of understood maybe why runners feel that way? I ran with a triathlete- Jeff Keil- as he is nearing his last several weeks before the Hawaii Ironman. Jeff biked something like 115 miles yesterday and did it in just over 5:00. After the bike he immediately ran 5 miles, holding back and running easy at 6:20 pace. Today I joined him for a 3:00 run on a hilly course. I expected him to be tired, which he was. I expected to have to "go easy" on him, I am after all a runner and we were running.... I didn't. We clicked off 26.5 miles in 2:54 and he barely broke a sweat. In fact I had to keep telling him to 'relax' as our pace would creep down, not the expected up. Even though I used to be like him- back in the day when I walked uphill both ways to Masters in knee deep snow with out shoes and ate dirt because energy gels weren't invented yet- I kept looking at this guy and getting annoyed. Annoyed at the thought that here I am, a runner who is supposed to do this, and this guy can hold 1:15 pace in the pool for 5k, then bike 100+ miles at 22 mph, and now is running 6:30 pace at mile 23 while chatting with me. Is that right? I'm glad I'm not a pro racing Kona this year. Jeff is the kind of guy that makes pros look bad. I always hated getting beat by age-groupers when I was a proffesional. Damn you Jeff. ;)
And huge thanks to Jenni Keil for riding support for us and listening to two guys in a glycogen depleted nether world thinking we were being funny. Everything is funny when you're brain isn't working.