okay, so this picture is actually from last week before bike check at SD International, but it is reminding me to do two things this week:
1) learn to change a tubular tire. it is NOT okay to DNF a 1/2 IM for a flat
2) try try try to learn to leave the shoes on the bike coming into T2 ( this is much less likely to happen, but you know, the power of actuallly writing something down and all).
AND, it was this posting picture or a half-drunk (it was only 2 cocktails, but since i don't drink much and all) video of me by the pool on 4th of july talking about my last big weekend going into vineman. spared you.
so, the "last hoorah" was awesome.
friday i did all 3 sports but kept it very very mellow as a little prep/intro to the weekend. a one-mile ocean swim (michellie jones showed up!) followed by a one hour slow easy run in the lagoon and an afternoon 60 minute spin along the coast.
saturday was amazing. i did a 77-mile hilly hilly ride with shannon, christine, and several other fun, fast riders who were nice enough to let me tag along. i mentally backed out of this ride about 1,000 times, but brought my ipod as a "safety" and told myself if i REALLY can't hang, turn around and pedal home. but the plan was to SUCK IT UP!
and suck it up i did, especially some wheel! no, just kidding. it was incredible. i felt like such a big gir all growns up! the group was still slightly faster than a comfortable pace for me, but this made me really push through. i also had gotten a 12/27 casette put on on friday (i had a 12/23 before) and it was a FREAKING WORLD OF DIFFERENCE. i am sad i did not do this sooner, my confidence was sooo much better and i was only losing a little ground on the hills. i followed the ride (5 hours!) with a 45 minute t-run in the lagoon. a six hour training day may be a little much 2 weeks out from a 1/2 IM, but for me i know it was good mentally because i kept thinking that my workout was actually tougher than the race may be.
sunday i got up to run the "ranch run". the ranch run is typically a fast group, lots of top age groupers and pros that run a standard 11.5 mile loop. i knew i wouldn't be running with the big dogs, but the plan was to go out and hover around 7 minute miles on tired (see saturday) legs. the best boyfriend ever (you know how hard it must have been to let the fast guys go off the front?) was my "chauffeur" as i called him- he an w/ me and paced me w/ his garmin and i pretty much ran in his footsteps. this was a hurt i couldn't have achieved on my own because i had to follow the leader and stay consistent. and the pace was ROUGH for me- the course is moderately hilly and lots of trail and soft mulch.
overall, this was a MAJOR weekend for me. i know that i am getting a bit fitter, but i actually had a chance to test it. i know i can finish my half ironman- i can't wait! i have no time or place expectations, just an expectation to enjoy and have fun- it is my first one, after all. i put a lot of pressure on myself at these local races, and i just kind of want to ease up and enjoy the experience (and the friendly competition :) ) without being too hard on myself.