Here I go again.
This was my first half-ironman (2007). I had a nasty cold and was doped up on cold medicine (from overtraining). I had a terrible swim and swallowed a ton of nasty harbor water. I didn't pace, eat, or drink well on the bike (or the run) and got off feeling tired and bloated. Started the run at my 5K pace until I got to 3 miles and realized, "Shit! I have 10 more miles to go." I almost panicked. At mile 6, I still had one more loop to go and wasn't sure I was going to make it. Of course, I hadn't been drinking or eating anything on the run. I started feeling dizzy, disoriented, and naseous. At one point, I tried to put one of the cold, wet sponges distributed at the aid stations in a mailbox (I thought it was a trash can). When I finally finished, I was exhausted but victorious. Subsequently, I suffered from an 8-week long sinus infection (a.k.a. "The Beast") due to overtraining and racing with a cold. The following week, I signed up for Ironman Arizona.
--Duking it out on the hilly CA 70.3 bike course on Bluebell in '07
You can read the original race report here:
Now I'm back, 2 years later, with another half-ironman (Soma 2007), an Ironman, and a marathon (Nike Women's San Fran 2008) under my belt. I'm still slow but I'm stronger. Plus, I have my tri bike with Zipp race wheels (speed weaponry, ha!) and an aero helmet. I'm pulling out all the stops. I don't feel like I've training as hard but at a closer look, I've actually done more this year than in preparation 2 years ago, including ocean swims, a century ride, a half marathon, and several 15K hilly trail runs. I think I'm ready.
I wasn't going to taper but a sneak attack from a stomach bug sort of forced me into it. I had a massage this week. And acupuncture to help my stomach relax. And I saw the podiatrist about the lingering niggle left in my foot, a remnat of the plantar fascitis. Turns out, he thinks I partially tore it on the track 10 weeks ago. No biggie, it has mostly healed on its own (and they treat PF by tearing it in surgery anyway so I kind of underwent self-surgery). Now, there's only one thing left to do--sleep more! I've been guilty of trying to work too much in lab this week as a substitute for not working out. Doh! I know on Saturday, all the pieces will have fallen into place. But can I puh-lease get my period on Sunday, not Saturday? I'm in total PMS mode this week, complete with acne, fatigue, moodiness, bloating, and a sensitive tummy. All I can say is: NOT FAIR!!!
My overall goal for Saturday is to have fun and make it a good training day. I also want to race smarter, pace well, hydrate and eat accordingly, and finish feeling a lot better than I did before. But, just between you and me, deep down, I would love to smash my time from 2 years ago. Yes, that's right. Deep down, I harbor a dark, hidden secret: I want to KICK SOME ASS!!!
Btw, my number is 2026 if anyone is following this weekend. Hope to see some of you guys out there with me!