Tuesday, May 29, 2012

almost show time

Um, wow, where has the time gone?  I last posted that there were less than 30 days until Honu.  And here we are almost at race day.  Yikes!  And Woo Hoo! 

This is the worst part for me tho.  The few days prior where there's just a lot of waiting for race day to get here.  Get here already.  Could you just hurry up and get here? 

My race plan has been submitted and subsequently modified by coach.  Turns out this course may be even tougher than I had already read/heard/pictured.  Choppy, non-wetsuit legal swim.  Hilly, windy bike.  Hot, humid, grass/trail/beach hilly run.  *gulp*   A lot of how "quickly" I can cover the course will depend on the weather.  And I'll just have to take what I can get in that department. It's ok....I got this. I am trained. I have a plan. And while I may not be able to pull a half iron PR out of the bag on this course, I'll consider the day a success if I give it everything I've got.  And don't die of dehydration.  That will be a plus.  

At least there will be a week of recovery time after the race.  And while the day after won't find me on the beach with a fruity drink in hand (coach's recommendation), it will find me on a boat with my feet up having a nice long nap.  At least until the reel starts to sing.  Then I'll have picture duty as Jeff (hopefully) snags a big marlin.  Catch and release folks, catch and release. 

I need to suck up all the R&R I can while we're on the island.  I took a peek at my workout calendar for the week after we get back and I *really* shouldn't have.  Full on IM training indeed.  Or as coach says "BIG IM TRAINING WEEK".  One day at a a time.......


Thursday, May 03, 2012

< 30 days

So I'm freaking out just a little that in less than 30 days I'll be tackling the Hawaii 70.3.  I know, I know, I've done half iron races before, but for some reason this one is freaking me out.

Maybe it's because it will be my first tri of the year.  First OW swim race of the year and I jump into 1.2 miles.  In the ocean.  Without a wetsuit. 

Maybe it's because it's Hawaii, and that always feels epic. Epically hot and humid at the very least.

I am trying to take things day by day, not get too bogged down in the 'big picture'.  Well, anyway, coach says "Big Picture is Canada, Little Picture is Honu."  So I guess I'm just in the little picture window at the moment.

Training has been going well for the most part. Just trying to get nutrition dialed in, putting in the time.  I was pretty toasted at the end of last week when I wrapped up a 3 week build, with the tri-turned-du in the middle.  My last workout of that build was a 2 hour run.  I went out in the middle of the day on tired legs and was fried by the time I finished up.  And it was all of ......  82 degrees.  I was overdressed to try and simulate a hotter condition, but let's just say it was not a huge confidence builder for what I'll face in Hawaii.

One day at a time......and yes, no matter what the race brings....we'll be in Hawaii for a week (only a week?!?!) after the race.  One of my very favorite places in the world.