me again. sick of me yet? all this time, so little to do! blog again, it is!
what do folks do the day before an ironman? now i know! the secret life of...
#1- get awesome messages and virtual cheers from bloggers and athletic friends. its truly amazing how thoughtful everyone has been. i hope you know how much each and every comment, note, text message, and even facebook status "like" has meant to me. if you've done ironman, i suspect you "get it" with how much this suport means. i am in the processing of writing a mental A-Z list of all of these awesome supporters. there are 26 letters in the alphabet and 26 miles in a marathon. each mile, i want to think of people who's names who start with...."A." who have helped me along the way to the ironman and who might be tracking and cheering online. each mile i want to think, "i want to keep going because _____ rode with me that one day when no one else would finish 100 miles with me :) and she might be watching on the computer". i am thankful for "Zoot" for giving me some Z people to think about. and for Yasi for being a fun internet friend solving my "Y" list. now, X and Q, if you read this and are an X or a Q- help a sista out and i'll have some thinking material for miles 17 and 24.
and of course i will think of my family and friends who don't share my delusional hobby, but i'm not quite sure they get it. haven't heard a peep from dad who will probably read this on monday and be like, "oh yeah, you did that ironman thing this weekend!" but he still gets major props on mile D (that's mile 4) for being my biggest life supporter.
#2- google chat with other soon-to-be-ironwomen in nearby hotel rooms while sitting in bed. they say this is all a "science". this conversation with rachel is let's just say, not so scientific. it's like soooo toally ironman, like oh my god, like i'm so, like, confused
achel: i'm bored.
me: bored?!?!? i cant figure out how to pack these crazy bags and i'm jus tnow deciding what the nutrution plan will be. so much calculation. how muc?
Rachel: my roommates are watching robo cop
me: much calories on the bike- 1400?
Rachel: lol, haven't started the bags yet
me: EW robocop
i just realized have to drop all the bags in the am and katya is taking me to sand hollow and wants to go early
Rachel: as for calories...i think i am trying for 1800
me: good call. i have no idea! never tried to run a marathon after riding !
Rachel: i think my tri nerd bento box holds 2200
(with 1 bottle)
me: like in bars?
oh i see
Rachel: 1200 calories, i use carbopro
me: what do you put in special needs? i put in a snickers!
Rachel: in the drink
i'm putting gushers lol
me: and popchips
Rachel: and socks on the run bag
me: i'm putting on socks before bike and before run i think. 2 pairs!
Rachel: for sure me too
me: and i am wearing a full bike kit and changing into run shorts and top
overkill? i'm terrified of freezing
Rachel: after the swim today, i amtoo
i was going to wear bike shorts under the wetsuit, which i've done before,
but going out wet may be too cold
and i have tri shorts for the run
me: i've got bikini bottoms and a sports bra i will wear the sports bra the whole time. swap bikinis for bike shorts
Rachel: i was just going to wear the tri top the entire race
yeah, that was my 2nd plan if too cold morning of
me: put on cycle shirt over sports bra. can stuff junk in cycle top too
i'm more and more leaning towards that plan
it's nice that it's a fresh water swim
me: yes- the bright side!
hmm, maybe i should start thinking about those darn bags
why is everything so complicated?! this sport is messed up
me: i know. the bags are driving me nuts
immodium? people take that, right?
i have it. do i need it? who the F KNOWS?!?!!
Rachel: elizabeth swears by it. my coach made me pack it, but i didn't
i've never taken it in my life
me: me either! nothing new on race day. but what if! i don't want the poopy pants!
Rachel: ugh, i know.
stupid q #1001...how much breakfast to eat? 500 cal?
Rachel: i don't know how many calories are in anything
so i never really pay attention to that
i eat oatmeal, brown sugar, and banana
however much that is.
plus a gu before swim start
me: but do you need more for a bigger raCE?
Rachel: yeah, i suppose so
me: thats like what i eat.
Rachel: but i don't want to barf
me: i am planning on oatmeal. banana. yogurt. = 400
then bringing a bar with me on the bus. i hate gu
so like up to 600
me: BARF :) i love that word
#3 make videos about the ironman fashion show. i swear it took me longer to plan my race attire than it did to buy my wedding dress. watching this video over again, i might be in the wrong profession, i wonder if they are hiring mimes.
have a great day- good luck to all those racing Wildflower, Sprint Sprint in San Diego, and Alvcatraz. and especially thank you to the many many volunteers at all these races (especially the ones at Ironman Saint George ) that spend their time and positive energy out there to support. gracias!