It’s the night before my second Ironman, and the excitement is building. I flew in late Tuesday night into Milwaukee, and stayed at my parent’s until Friday. It was fun to see my niece, London, in person. I hadn’t seen her since xmas when she was 6 months old. And now, she’s 15 months! I facetime with her every week, but there is nothing like in person quality time.
Here’s a little video I made of London at the playground:
Going into this race things haven’t gone as smoothly as one would like. My bike didn’t arrive until Friday morning, which was a bit of a scare as it was supposed to arrive on Thursday. And I had to check-in by 5pm Friday, in order to race. So, fortunately due to my multiple calls to FedEx, they ordered the delivery guy to make my bike his first stop Friday morning, so it was dropped off at 8am. I quickly put my bike back together, took it out for a spin to make sure everything was good to go and then headed to Madison. It’s only about an hour and fifteen minute drive.
The other not so fun part, was that I woke up Thursday morning with a sore throat, and Friday with a runny nose. Dang it. I officially have a head cold I thought. So, Friday night in Madison after checking in. I headed back to the hotel for some R&R. Went out grabbed dinner from Noodles and Company, and then came back took Nyquil and fell asleep at around 8:45pm. I woke up this morning, feeling better, but still a runny nose, and my head felt like 100lbs. So, all I can say, is I’m thinking positively, and hopefully I will feel even better tomorrow. I have never gotten sick during taper before, but there is a first time for everything. I did all my shake out workouts today, and felt great during all of them. I feel the best when I’m moving, so that’s a good thing. Probably because my nasal passages open up when I’m exercising, which makes it easier to breathe.
My parents drove in early this morning from Milwaukee, and met up with me before my shake out workouts, to be my sherpas for the day. I dropped off my bike, and my T1 and T2 bags, and then headed back to the hotel to meet up with my sister, brother, sister-in-law, and niece. Now, it’s quiet time. Trying to let my body use all the energy it has to fight this cold, and prepare for the big day that lies ahead of me tomorrow.
I’m excited to race tomorrow! And fortunately the cold isn’t stealing my energy too much. This will be my second Ironman. My first Ironman was in 2011, and it was here at Ironman Wisconsin. I finished in 11:53:25. And had a great day! I went out to have fun, and that’s exactly what I did.
So, everyone always asks, “what are your goals for this race?” Well, here they are:
1. To have FUN!!! I do this sport because I love it, I enjoy the challenge, and I have soooo much fun swimming, biking, and running, and pushing my body to it’s limits.
2. To beat my first time of 11:53:25
3. To race the bike! My first Ironman bike time was 6:19, so I’m definitely looking to beat that. I have done a lot more outdoor riding since moving to California, so I think I can do better tactically for sure. I understand how to use my gearing better (although I still have more improving to do in this regard), and I’m used to climbing. This course is relentless. You are always going up, or going down, and it looks like we are going to have some crazy headwinds tomorrow, since a storm was blowing through here today.
It’s time to rest, and before I know it, I will be in the water with 3,000 of my closest friends! I’m thankful to have my family here with me. They are an amazing support crew, and I can’t imagine racing here without them.
See you on the flipside!