Monday, July 8th:
Me vs. The Flea: Final Showdown (before the race). By now it's obvious how much I despise
The Iron Cheerleader has asked us to share our 'race mantras' on the Newbie Herd's Facebook page, so for the rest of the week, I'll share mine here as well.
Wednesday, July 10th:
Mr. R&R and I loaded up our bikes and hit the rail trail for a few easy miles. I felt really good. Too bad the race course isn't flat like the rail trail! I ended up resetting my watch due to some technical issues with Mr. R&R's bike, so the 12 miles is broken up into 2 segments.
When we got home, I discovered that the same bolt that caused me so much trouble last Saturday had come loose again. Looks like I'll be making an emergency trip to Emery's tomorrow. I don't want to have to worry that my shoe will come apart mid-race!
Thursday, July 11th:
Emergency trip to Emery's (aka The Bike Gurus) to have my cleat looked at. It took the guy about 5 minutes to screw everything back together - and another 5 minutes to explain some technical stuff about "dry screw threads" seeming tight, but not. It sounds like I should be good to go on Sunday, but I'm adding an allen wrench to my bike bag just in case - since I won't have the Iron Cheerleader there to rescue me!
The Iron Cheerleader's plan called for an 8 mile bike/.5 mile run brick on Thursday, but since I was dealing with the shoe problem, I had to move it to today. I wanted to test the bolt on my shoe in a 'safe location', so I set my bike up in the trainer and started spinning. I made an executive decision to cut the bike portion down to 6 miles so I wouldn't burn out my legs before Sunday. I think the Garmin data says it all!
|I think I've finally overcome my trainer/speed issues!|
Saturday, July 13th:
Expo/Packet Pick Up Day! Somehow a race never feels real until packet pick up- then the reality hits you like a ton of bricks. I picked up my race number (for the run), bike/helmet stickers, and my timing chip - and got my wristband so I can get in and out of transition tomorrow. I also attended the race director's First Timer's seminar. It was mostly stuff I already know (transition closes at 6am, drink plenty of water, etc.) but it was nice to hear what the plan is in case of trains (there are 2 sets of train tracks on the bike course) and I had a few shaking-my-head moments when he opened the floor to questions. You'd think most people who are slated to do a triathlon in less than 24 hours would already know some basic things, like: order of the disciplines (swim/bike/run), what a transition area is, and that the rules apply to everyone!
When I got home, I took my list and started assembling all my stuff.
|Triathlon or the Invasion of Normandy?|
I'm as ready as I'm going to get. It's time to do this thing!