I did it! My longest training week is over and now comes the payoff-tapering and racing!
Saturday: did a 2:40 min. run
Sunday: a few of us went out to Cochiti Lake, where the water was a balmy 58 degrees. I came armed and ready..bought this really cool polar tech thermal wetsuit shirt that Mark Allen himself recommended for icy waters. It was a bit snug under my wetsuit at first but after swimming a bit, got more comfortable. I had my Neoprene hood on and booties (not legal in races but what the hell-I had them so why not use them). Results: I was nice and warm in 2.4 miles of not so warm water. I had a moment in the middle of the lake, quite a bit behind the lead group and I started to panic a bit. I think I was getting hungry, couldn't reach my Carboom gel and just started telling myself scary things oh my god I am out here and can't get to shore..Silly stuff..I quickly calmed myself down and began counting and looking at the scenery-it worked. I made it across, ate my gel-then swam back with the group..
Monday: Rode my bike with a friend for 92 miles. H caught up with us around mile 35. We had a head wind going, then the wind switched and we had a head wind coming back. I think I am finally just plain numb to the wind. It has blown, and I am talking at least 25 MPH winds probably 90% of my long and short rides in the last three months. I am not kidding. I just laugh now-of course the wind changed directions-ha! The ride was followed by my "run" brick of 30 minutes. I use the term "run" loosely as it was more of a jog. It felt good, I feel good. I am wondering what is wrong with me-like when is the other shoe going to drop? But then again, maybe I am just peaking at the right time for an Ironman!!! Oh please!!
One of the campers (Kelly) at my recent triathlon camp has done well for herself:
SECOND-overall at Ironman Brasil!! She is Kelly in the article. She is also beautiful and a very nice person. Geez, can I turn back the clock and be born fast? I am really proud of her!
Lastly-2 of our daughters came to visit this weekend so sneaking in my training was tricky. It was insinuated that maybe I was a bit Ironman grumpy. Ya think?? WHAT THE HELL??
Ha! Here are me and my little girls:
Addendum: Well, you know you are Ironman spacey and tired when you wear your slippers to the gym. Yep-that is what I did this morning as I went for my AM swim. Thank goodness I had an extra pair of boat shoes in my gym bag-otherwise with my sweats and slippers, I would have looked like something out of a bad pajama party!