This last weekend didn’t exactly go as I had hoped, the weather is rather shitty so no open water swim and no riding on Saturday. I did manage to get out Sunday for a spin but as I was powering up a hill I straight-up blew a spoke on the road bike requiring me to get a ride back into town.
And while that kinda sucks, it gave me a chance to sit on the side of the road and do a little self-reflection while looking at the grassy hills and clouds.
Hopefully, my LBS will be able to build the wheel back up relatively inexpensively. The wheelset isn’t that great to begin with and I’d hate to drop too much coin on that (I’d rather put it towards an upgrade). But whatever it takes to keep the bike rolling.
Saturday morning before the weather turned to piss, I ran a 10k with the local running club…who are all FAST. My 53:09 time put me towards the back of the pack. It was good to put in one decent timed-effort before the big race; I definitely took off the line a little quick (first-mile split was 8:17, the second was 8:22) so I’ll just need to keep that in mind on Sunday when I head out of T2. I think that I need to keep my pace right around 9:15 if I want to not blow up in the second half of the run.
Last week I had another athletic check-in, things are still on an improving trend. My weight is down over 20 pounds from a year ago, I’m currently at 203. This week is going to be an effort to get below 200 for the first time in about 8 years. I’m not going to dehydrate or overwork myself to get there, but if I can start this race in the 190’s I feel like that’ll put me in a good mental place. When I was in AZ and doing a lot of racing in my late 20’s, I was down to 178. That’s pretty light. Too light. Long term, I think somewhere around 193 would be a sweet spot in terms of weight and strength but I’m going to let myself reach an equilibrium without trying to force my body into a weight class.
How am I going to lose four pounds in under a week without dehydrating myself? Dunno. The plan, though, is relatively basic: drink lots of water, no booze, snack smartly, add in an extra 30 push-ups each day. That probably won’t do it but it can’t hurt to try.
I’ve created my packing checklist for the trip, the bike is pretty much race-ready with a set of tires, and I can admit that I’m officially starting to experience the butterflies. In fact, I’ve set my Apple Watch to the zen butterfly screen…how
- toolkit & pump
- body glide
- DZ’s nuts
- on-bike tube/c02
- bib num belt
- arm warmers
- calf sleeves
- talc power
- bondi’s & socks 3x
- newton’s (jic)
- flip flops
- sweat bands (wrists)
- wet suit
- goggles 2x
- ear plugs
- electrical tape and zip ties
- clif shots, clif bars, & nuun
I have a bunch of other info that I’ll need saved in Evernote which I can access from my phone or iPad. This includes our campsite reservation confirmation, my USAT member number (via their app), what exactly I’ll be setting up in transition, and the list above.
My girlfriend and I, along with a few friends, will be camping at Beauty Creek which is about 12 miles outside of CdA. I’m comfortable camping and it’ll feel a little chaotic than hotel-ing it…though the morning routine might be a little cooler. We’ll be leaving our home in Pullman Saturday morning around 8 am to hit the campsite around 10, drop some stuff off and then roll into town for athlete and bike check-in. Hopefully, I’ll get to hop into the lake for a quick swim, if for no other reason than to just test the waters and maybe calm some race-morning nerves.
That afternoon I hope to be chilling in the campsite with my friends, listening to some music and drinking coconut water (while enviously watching them drink IPA). For dinner we’re going to keep it simple with chicken skewers and wraps. I’m going to pop an Advil PM at about 8 pm so I’ll hopefully be passed out before 9 with an alarm set for 4:15 am. Breakfast is going to be a half of a smoothie right when I wake up and then a Clif Shot at about 5:30-5:45, age-grouper start is at 6:15.
The rest of the day will unfold in real-time.