Only 10 more days til I’m hanging out in Lake Monona waiting for the gun to go off. I’m excited, nervous, anxious, you name it!
The last two weeks have been a bit hectic, yet extremely fun, and have made training exciting, yet a bit stressful to try to fit it in. I recently was in Canada for a friends wedding. Their wedding weekend just happened to fall on the weekend Ironman Canada in Whistler was happening, and they live in Whistler and were getting married there. I was super excited when I found out about this coincidence because it meant I could go spectate, and cheer on my friends Tyler, Erin, and Gina. I ended up only seeing Tyler, as it is pretty chaotic spectating an Ironman, and well I really could only spectate the start, and the transition from swim to bike. Because then I was OFF for wedding festivities.
Okay, first I have to back up. This past Friday I was headed to the airport. My friend, Chris, kindly dropped me off, and when I got there, I realized I didn’t have my passport. FUUUUUUU######%%%%%%!!!!!! Who needs a passport to go to Canada anyway, I thought. I was WRONG. Long story short, the guy at United checking me in, kindly switched my flight to a later one (for FREE), so that I could go home get my passport and come back. They wouldn’t let me on the plane without it. So…Chris came back and picked me up from the airport, I drove home, got my passport, drove back, and then Chris took me back to the airport, this time, passport in hand. I’m one VERY lucky girl. Thank you Chris, and thank you United clerk.
I got to Vancouver late that night, and headed to the hotel, dropped off my luggage, and then headed straight to the bar to meet up with my brother, sister, sister-in-law, and the man of the weekend, Jay, and a bunch of other friends. Went to bed around 2am, woke up at 7am, and headed out on a run with my brother, sister-in-law, and our friend Luke. It was BEAUTIFUL. I am obsessed with Vancouver. It is my new favorite big city. I then took the opportunity to swim in (in my opinion) the BEST pool EVER. Kits Beach Pool. It’s 137m long (not sure why this particular distance), and full of salt water. It’s A-mazing. And it’s right on the ocean, so you have quite the view as well. It’s set up just like open water swimming. There are no lanes, or lane lines, just a guideline of stay to the right of the black line. There are two black lines, and in between is a “passing zone”. It was awesome!
I hurried back to the hotel, packed up my things, and we headed to brunch/lunch with the whole gang, before heading to the Vancouver Whitecaps vs. L.A Galaxy soccer game. Jay, my friend getting married, is the captain for the Vancouver Whitecaps, although he is currently injured, so instead of watching him, we got to watch the game with him. After the game, we hopped a shuttle that Jay and Ashleigh had set-up for all their guests to take up to Whistler. We got to Whistler around 11pm, and my sister and I made our way to the condo we had rented for the weekend.
The next morning was Ironman Canada and wedding day! I woke up early around 5:30am, and went for a run down to the race start to spectate. I watched for a couple hours, and then ran back to the condo to get ready for all the wedding festivities. This wedding was UNREAL. They had gotten permission to get married in a random part of the woods along a beautiful river. They had cleared out the brush, and created benches in between the trees. It was truly spectacular. After the wedding ceremony, we got shuttled up to the Olympic Park for dinner, and then got shuttled back down to the woods for the reception. The reception was ultimately a “Club in the Woods”. Literally. They had spotlights, and a band, and two D.J’s, and the party went from 8pm until 7am the next morning. I did not make it even close to 7am. But, I was having soooo much fun, that I probably could have easily stayed up all night. But, I was responsible took some friends home, and then headed home myself.
I did my long run along the Ironman Canada run course, and it was stunningly beautiful. I WILL do this race at some point. I am obsessed with Whistler. I LOVED everything about the whole weekend. It was like a dream. My sister and I took the bus back to Vancouver on Tuesday, and my flight left later Tuesday evening. I got home around 1am on Tuesday (or rather Wednesday morning).
It was WORTH IT! I am soooo glad I did not miss out on such an amazing weekend. It was a tough call, given that it was soooo close to Ironman, but I couldn’t miss out on seeing, Jay, who is like a second brother to me, get married.
My training may not feel very structured right now, and I’m definitely trying to catch up on sleep, but now I’m focused on Ironman Wisconsin, and I’m resting, recovering, and getting in my last few workouts before race day. I leave Tuesday to head back to Wisconsin. Only a little bit longer til it’s time to put my body to the test. The work is in…it’s just time to maintain…and let my body absorb all that fitness.