Ready or Not…

… we’ve got 5 days to go!  This shit is real, and I’m finally feeling ready.

I’ve done my longest workouts EVER. Including a 12 hour long training day consisting of swim, bike, run (& eat).  I may have just done my longest Open Water Swim this past weekend, probably not a taper “do,” but it was definitely a confidence builder.

I’ve practiced in my speed suit, my tri kit, my helmet & gu’s.

I’ve visualized this race. Que sera, sera.  What happens, happens.  You leave it all out there on the floor (well, rein it in until mile 18 of the run, then let it out).

And I was so touched today by my co-workers who decorated my cube space with Ironman cheers:

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It’s been a long six months, and i’m still processing what I’ve learned through the training process, but I’m ready to go!

 

Types of Ironman Athletes

Pretty much everything I’m searching in my free time is related to Ironman.  I’m looking at things on Recovery from Ironman, how to decide if you want to do another one, how much practice in your speedsuit you need (it’s still 60′s in Lake Michigan), and I found this posting I thought I’d share on 20 Athletes You’ll See at Ironman:

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Enjoy!

Louisville Training Weekend

Last weekend we spent the fourth of July down in Louisville to scope out the Ironman course.  I’m glad Mike came down with me as we got a chance to explore the eats of the town together!  Here’s what I learned:

The Belle of Louisville (both the boat & the girl!)

The Belle of Louisville (both the boat & the girl!)

  • Louisville has some good, under-the-radar places to eat.  We ate at an underground bar for lunch, a brewery for dinner, and travelled across the river into Indiana for some awesome brewpub food again!  You won’t go hungry in Louisville.
  • The bike sharing program in Louisville (equivalent of Divvy in Chicago) is for Humana employees only.  Odd.  What’s everyone else supposed to do?
  • There is a single triathlon/multisport store in Louisville.  V02 Multisport.  Per Mike, they have a lot of stuff, including the gels that I forgot for my run.
  • The race starts at a waterfront park, and the swim start is about a mile away from transition, near a waterfront restaurant called Tumbleweeds.  You jump off a pier, swim upstream for about .8 miles, then get carried by the current downstream to the transition.  Overall, you spend half your time swimming upstream, and can get the 1.6 miles done more quickly once you turn around!
  • The bike course is 112 miles long (you probably already knew that).  And I rode every single mile of it!
  • Gas Station foods are better than expected!  I loved my Cheetos, extra water & gatorade, and even sampled a 5 Hour Energy!
  • There are a few spots that you should be prepared for:
    • Rt 1694 – has some steep descents, coupled with sudden and long ascents. I think there were two.
    • Good spectator spots on the bike course are at Oldham High School, and in LaGrange.
    • 393 has some steep uphills
    • Ballard Springs Road is a spot to be in your small chain ring.  The hills are small, but they can be steep!
    • River Road (the road in & out of Louisville for the course) is much rougher on the way back into town than on the way out.
  • Don’t eat your post-ride burger too quickly.  Your stomach may take a little while to get back to normal, even if you think you should EAT ALL THE FOODZ.

 

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