The Weekend Approaches
Today is Friday and that means we’re one day closer to the weekend. For some, that may mean the usual weekend off – time with kids, clean the house, maybe company is coming over, etc. For others, it may mean long hours of work. For me, it’s a little of all of the above. I teach on Saturdays in Apple Valley and do need to get the house cleaned because out of town family is coming over. Some of you already know that this weekend brings with it a special challenge for me. I’m entered to race in the Iron Girl race in Bloomington on Sunday morning.
Am I ready? I guess. I hope so. I’ve trained diligently all summer – until my mini vacation in August. Then school started back up and I slacked off on my training again. I’ve gone out once or twice each week this month and I’m as ready as I’m going to be.
I went to a training last night about heart monitors and how to use them. I thought it was more of a race info night, and was slightly disappointed that it wasn’t. I was able to network with other women that are competing in the race. Everyone had tidbits of advice to share. In the end, I just need to do what works for me.
What’s the plan? Go to bed early the next few nights, stay hydrated, eat healthy, stretch out and jog/walk a little to keep my muscles loose. My clothes are ready and I purchased a few goodies to eat on race day, if desired. I was hoping to get in a massage, but I actually forgot to set the appointment!
It’s required that tomorrow (after I teach), I go to race check-in. They’ll talk about the course, transitions, schedules, etc. for race day, as well as check us in and give us our goodie bag. We have 26 minutes to complete the first 2 mile run (which should be no problem) and 2.5 hours for the bike ride of 22 miles. We have another 26 minutes for the last 2 miles run. So it’s about 3.5 hours total for the entire event. Based on my training times, I think I could estimate to finish between 2.5 to 3 hours. Since it’s my first year, my overall goal is to do my personal best and successfully finish.
Remember one month ago my seven year old son competed in his first triathlon? You can watch it HERE. (He’s got the GREEN GOGGLES) I especially like his interview at the end He is my inspiration for this weekend. I hope that this is the beginning of a family tradition that continues on for years to come! I’m eagerly anticipating my race day and am so thankful for supportive family members and friends
I’ll be sure to post an update afterwards. Words of wisdom? Please comment below.