My weekend was rather relaxing, probably because I decided to take a little detour from training. Not to worry, I still got in a 4 hour ride on Sunday with a short transition run (felt great)---but, I took Saturday off...and I took yesterday off. My knee is doing much better overall, but still slightly tender so i'm just really milking the rest period as much as I can. I'm trying to eat healthy overall, more vegetables and vitamin-c related items....superstitiously trying to avoid sickness! I figure rest combined with good eating can't be bad. That said, Dave and I are still making our frozen yogurt ones. And..i'm not talking about Fro Yo with "just" fro yo....I get m&m's or cookie dough....can't really do just the plain stuff! Anyway--today i'm headed out to get in a 45 minute run and a 90 minute swim. We'll see if I make it!
Right now, I have to organize my stuff for the race, since i'm going out of town next weekend to help a friend of mine do her first Half Ironman at SOMA (in Arizona)..she's awesome and I wouldn't be surprised if she went pro some day! So---I'll be gone all next weekend so i've been gathering stuff for my race such as:
1. A neoprene swim cap, in case it's freezing in Florida (I probably won't need this in 77 degree water temps, but after NOT having it in 58--60 degree water temps in Big Kahuna, i'll at least have it on hand).
2. Mounting a drink system to the back of my bike (for extra water bottles).
3. Bike Tuneup-to happen this Sunday. My bike is being shipped for me by a company...it's not cheap, but easier than taking it a part, renting a case, lugging it on the plane..yadda yadda.
4. Purchase of race-related food: Shot bloks, Gatorade, Carbo-Pro (stuff you put in drinks for carbs while riding), Pure Fit bars (these have protein, NO fiber)..fiber+racing=awful stomach issues.
5. Layout my race stuff: wetsuit, goggles, body glide (um, yeah---it prevents chafing!), race belt for my number, running shoes and a TON of other stuff.
Basically for the race I think I have 4 bags: 1.Swim/Bike bag 2. Special Needs bag they hand out about mile 70 on the bike, 3. Bike/Run Bag 4. Special Needs bag for the run...handed out about 13 miles into the run.
In each of these bags I have to make sure I have replacements for food, clothes (not in all bags), etc....a lot to think about.
To make matters more confusing, I have to make sure each replacement water bottle has the right amount of calories etc....since I take in approximately 200-310 calories per hour on the bike (see...there is a science to training!).
Enough procrastinating, i'm off for my run!