Hope you all had a great Labor Day holiday weekend! We enjoyed a few days in the mountains about 2 hours east of Seattle in the little town called Leavenworth. No, not the prison in Kansas... it's actually a cute Bavarian Village nestled in the Cascade mountains. We rented a place right on the Wenatchee River about a mile outside of town and enjoyed the 80+ degree sunshine, hanging out with Christy and her family, and just relaxed! I did fit in a 16 mile training run on Sunday morning, though, but other than that, we relaxed!
Here are a few pictures from the weekend.
|Beautiful hike - saw tons of huge salmon swimming|
|A view along my run|
|about 1/2 way into my 16 mile run|
|Throwing rocks and looking for fish!|
|Artsy fartsy, right?! My little family (awww!)|
It was a nice break from the every day grind and I would love to go back and spend more time there soon!
So yea, that Ironman thing...it's 75 days away. Seriously.
Last week I had a couple of big tests with training: an 82 mile bike ride and a 16 mile run. I did my 82 mile ride on Friday and things were going well...until I got a flat about 54 miles into the ride. And my kit with my spare tire was safely in my car about 12 miles away. Awesome. Luckily I was able to walk my bike about a mile back and found a bike shop. They were so helpful and fixed me up so I could get on my way. Whew. I thought about quitting but I just couldn't - I would have felt guilty for some reason. So I trekked on and finished my ride! It was tough, though, as I was out about an hour longer than I expected and didn't have enough food or water. Lesson learned - never leave the tire kit in the car! I did have it on my seat last week - I swear I did! But I have had to take Sparty into the bike store about eleventy billion times in the past week to get things tweaked, including the seat itself. So I had taken it off. Yea, yea, blah, blah...I know, I'm an idiot.
|Here is a picture of said idiot pre-ride...|
I took Saturday off to enjoy the day with my family and to rest up before a 16 mile run on Sunday. I found a loop around town that was fairly flat (with a few rollers) and was about 8 miles which is always helpful. I felt fine most of the time, but could feel a bit of the altitude with my breathing - we were about 1100 feet above where we are at our house in Seattle. So it was enough of a change to notice. But I was very consistent through almost all 16 miles which I felt was great for me. And other than my lower back screaming at me the rest of the day, I didn't feel all that sore, thankfully!
So this week brings my fear front and center. I am taking a "vacation day" from work on Friday so I can do my big triple day that I mentioned last time:
1 hour swim
90-100 mile bike
10 mile run
It just makes my stomach hurt thinking about it. I chose to do this on Friday vs. the weekend so I don't completely ruin Rob, Julia and my entire weekend. (I mean, come on -there is college football to be watched on Saturday and NFL on Sunday!) I thought it would be better for everyone for me to do it this way. And honestly? The sooner I do this, the better, so I stop worrying about it. To say I'm nervous is an understatement.
Will I have the right nutrition?
Will I have enough water/Gatorade?
Will I get another flat?
What if a squirrel runs out in front of me?
What if it's hot?
I need to wrap my head around this one over the next 3 days and really figure out how the hell I'm going to get through this. It will be mentally challenging yet again to do it by myself. But I figure, if I can handle this on my own, my confidence should go up exponentially (that's a big word, no?) for race day...right?! Right?? (crickets...)
That's what I'm telling myself anyway and I hope it is true.
|I'm going to certainly try! (via Google)|
|well, alright then! (via Google)|
Between now and then I have some easier training days leading up to Friday. Then my coach said I can rest over the weekend -Wooo!!!It's the little things...
Have a great week!
1) How do you face your biggest fears?
2) How was your Labor Day weekend?3) Any more races coming up?