Race report is in the works. Stay tuned.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I drove the bike course today. Damn. I spent the rest of the day with my stomach in one gigantic knot. Major face-palm moment, a short berating of myself for not training more hills, and then I let it go. A few days ago, an email from Coach Liz contained these words of wisdom:
Go into this race having reconciled with yourself. Have no doubts, be totally confident & trust yourself. Of all the equipment you can buy, training you can do & anything else – TRUST is the most important thing you can have on race day. Trust yourself & trust your training. You are all arriving at this start line as prepared as you can be. Trust it & give yourself permission to have your best race out there.
Friday started with another practice swim. A short one this time, about 10 minutes, because it was supposed to be a total rest day on the calendar. Both Mom and my little bro JoshyPoo came down to watch this morning:
The USGS site showed that the water temp had dropped about 5 degrees from Thursday, down to 55 instead of 59/60. It was noticeably colder. Still tolerable, but not quite as comfortable. The chop is still present, but doesn't bother me so much. As long as there isn't puke in the water from those who ARE bothered by it!
The back of mine is special.
While the food is never anything to write home about, it's worth going to these things to hear Mike Reilly talk and get everyone fired up. He said something that made me feel just a little bit better: "You can't control the weather. You can't control the other athletes. You can't control the course. But you can control your attitude on race day." Got it.
Following the dinner was the Athlete Briefing, where we learned that mango-flavored Powerbar Perform will be served on the run course. Nice, if you like mango. Which I do. Not so nice, if you're deathly allergic to mango. Which I am. Saturday's mission, aside from practice swim and bike/gear check-in, will be to find out if there is actual mango bits in the mango-flavored Perform. Ack!
Friday, June 24, 2011
It's sinking in now.
After a quick walk back to the house for dry clothes, we headed back to the Ironman Village to wait in the never ended registration line.
We headed back to the house, kicked up our feet for awhile, and then headed back to Spokane to pick up my little brother JoshyPoo from the airport. After a 25 minute easy run around town, the rest of the night was spent eating, playing games, and getting race bags ready.
Next Up: another practice swim, drive bike course, pick up Ken from airport, lounge in compression gear while getting everything ready for race day, welcome dinner, athlete briefing
Thursday, June 23, 2011
We made it to da 'Ho! Mom flew into PDX on Monday night, she ran errands all day on Tuesday while I frantically wrapped things up at work, we spent all night packing, and then headed out on Wednesday for the 7 hour drive to Coeur d'Alene. The ride was uneventful, other than the pesky virus that seems to have taken up residence in my stomach. I'll spare you the details. Thankfully I have a few days to get the germs out of my tummy. In the meantime, bland foods and extra hydration are being consumed diligently.
Here's our overloaded car. We are over-packing extraordinaires.
Upon arrival, we checked into our awesome rental home, which is located about 6 blocks from the finish line. Yes, that's a wrap around porch with a hammock. It also has a cushy green backyard, lots of open space, and comfy bedrooms. Go to CdA Getaway for outstanding vacation rental service in Coeur d'Alene.
I'll be spending lots of time sitting on this cozy couch over the next few days!
Lesson of the day - buy lots of extra tubes and CO2 cartridges (unless you are flying) before you leave home. Your local bike shop will be MUCH cheaper than the Ironman expo bike shop. At $10/tube and almost $6/cartridge, this was an expensive 20 minute bike ride.
Thu - 30min practice swim, registration, 20min run, pick up little brother from airport
Monday, June 20, 2011
Taper week 2 is in the books. A mystery throat virus made it's way through the Beginner Triathlete Coeur d'Alene crew this past week, myself included. Okay, I know it's not possible to spread germs through the internets, but it seems like almost everyone in the middle of taper came down with something. So it was all about extra rest and not pushing too hard through the workouts. I ended up with a little over 6 hours of training, versus a planned volume of 8 hours. The energy is starting to build again, my body is anxious to race, and my mind is going cr-aaaa-zy!
Swim - 2600 meters
Bike - 69.25 miles
Run - 2.82 miles (I'm not kidding)
Total = 6.19 hours
We leave for Idaho in two days. Which means I have less than 48 hours to wrap up work projects, clean out my inbox, do laundry, grocery shop, gather race stuff, pack items for a week, and load up the car. Race prep might actually be harder than the race itself!
I'll leave you with this fabulous video that my friend Bonnie put together during taper:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhGtthB7clI
If you don't get it, watch the "original" Honey Badger video here:
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Tomorrow morning at 7am will mark one week until I toe the line next to 2700+ other athletes on the shore of Lake Couer d'Alene. All of the hard work over the last 6 months will get me through most of the course. Motivation and tenacity will get me a little bit further. I hope that the thoughts of those who I'm racing in honor/memory of will get me the rest of the way.
I haven't done that great meeting my fundraising goal of $1500. But we've raised almost $700 so far. I'm so very grateful for all of the support (financial and emotional) from all of my awesome friends and family! I'm going to expand the effort with my second Ironman this year in Tempe, Arizona. It's not too late to donate:http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/sarah-kronholm/sarahtris
My running singlet for next weekend:
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Bear with me here. I just finished the first week of taper. I feel like crud. My legs won't work. My arms are heavy. I feel like sleeping all day, and then I spend all night staring at the ceiling. I'm grumpy and nervous and anxious and bitchy. And PMSing, which is like some sort of cruel joke to have to deal with PMS during taper. Taper is already like PMS. So maybe it's actually fitting. Coach Liz assures me I'll feel better by the end of this week.
The plan for the week was around 13 hours of training. What I ended up with:
Swim - 5700 meters
Bike - 80.85 miles
Run - 18.76 miles
Transitions - 0.11 hours
Total = 11.06 hours
I honestly don't know where the week went, so I have no super exciting shares for the internet peoplez in this post. Oh, I raced. That's it I think. It's time to cue up the hypnotherapy sessions on the ipod, recite my positive affirmations, and focus my energy on packing lists and organizing kitchen cupboards. Less than 2 weeks until show time!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I made it to taper. That alone is an accomplishment, yet it has me feeling a little bittersweet about my prep for race day. I'm excited that the worst of it is over, but I still wish that I had just a little more time to get ready. My training for this race isn't what I hoped it would be, but I had to overcome a lot of hurdles even to get this far. I have to remind myself that I do this for fun. It's a hobby. And no matter what happens on race day, that one day does not define me.
Swim - 8450 meters
Bike - 155.58 miles
Run - 23.36 miles
Total = 19.07 hours
The alternating narcolepsy/insomnia phase of training has set in, and I'm far too tired to document all the events of this past week. But here are the highlights:
- I channeled a lot of Honey Badger to get me through the week. I was badass. I ran all over the place. I was cr-a-zy. I really didn't give a shit. And eww, eating snakes. So nasty. If you don't understand, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg