Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
It REALLY hurt! Maybe I'm just a big baby, but wow. I had an easier time walking after Ironman than I did after getting the tattoo. There is some symbolism with the whale: while most people struggle to shave every extra gram from their bikes to make them as light as possible, I ride around with a killer whale squeaky horn. It's just part of my way of not taking triathlon TOO seriously. So although my tattoo may LOOK like a giant predator of the ocean, it's really just an adorable squeaky horn.
12:47 The plastic pillow I am leaning on is drenched in sweat. As is the table.
12:54 When I arrived here, they offered me cookies but I passed, fearing they would be some sort of tofu crap. But I asked for cookies now. I told them "I think I'm earning cookies". Happily they brought over some Chips Ahoys but I fear I may be creating some sort of Pavlovian connection between pain and cookies.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Nicole and walked with dog today and its clear to me that my body isn't quite ready. I can't wait to get back out there!!!
So what is everyone doing with there free time now?? I checked the CDA Lake temp today. The lake is at 64 degrees. Heating up....probably will be the last time I check :)
Friday, June 27, 2008
For those of you that left early, I've found a video clip that sums up the rest of the night. Just play it over and over, about 7-8 times per person. Then switch. :)
Those of you that were there, this will make you laugh so hard you'll fall off your chair. So don't watch it at work. hee hee hee
I love you all!!!!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Benny & Devin (he brought it!)
Getting ready...trying to get rid of the nerves
Beauty & the Beast
Me and my Momo
Di & Bigun
Bigun & Tac on the walk to the water
That's a whole lotta swimmers
TriDogMom Krista out of the swim. I missed the photo of Shane ahead of her.
Daniel on his first IM swim exit
Momo walking to the tent. Tacboy sitting on the ground in front of her.
Tac swings by for some big 5s
Momo heading out with Malibu Barbie
Bigun- get on the bike!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Would anyone be interested in Capones Pub for dinner Thursday night? I attempted to find a place that has vegetarian options that were not the typical all pasta or salads. I'm not sure if this fits the bill for everyone because I realize that we probably range from vegan to "I don't eat red meat".
They have pizza, sandwhiches, salads, etc.
Here's a copy of their menu: http://www.caponespub.com/menu7_07.pdf
If this sounds like a good option, please post here and let me know how many people will attend. I'll make reservations (for parties >12).
I also need to know if 6pm works.
Honestly, I'm open to pretty much anything. I have kids that might be a little cranky and hungry, but I'll probably be even crankier and hungrier than they are!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I got 2 miles into my bike ride and down I went. I ride the Cherry Creek Reservoir all the time and never crashed in the spot. I had one close call. My bike lost traction because of the dirt/sand at the entrance.
I got scrapes/road rash. Like a normal crash. Wounds that keep me from my swim workouts. The one day I don't wear my bike gloves. My wrist hurts the most and I am very nervous about it.
I only mention this to all my blogging buddies because I need some prayers. Prayers for super fast healing!!!! Pretty darn lame to crash one week before Ironman! I mean...who does that? See you at CDA!! I am still racing!!
Exactly 1 week from now we will be in our wetsuits waiting to get going on our Ironman Adventure. Holy crap, it is amazing how fast the year went by since we all signed up.
I have started my packing process, most specifically getting my bike in the travel box and preparing for the nerve-racking thought of having to travel with it and praying it won't get lost during the hour and a half time I have during my layover in Pheonix (oh yes, I am flying from Boston to Pheonix and then to Spokane, kind of like the great circle route). As I finish getting the bike packed, I have 2 big thoughts that maybe some of you can answer...
1) I really want to bring my Speedplay pedals on the plane as a carry on item. WIll the get taken from me? Is that allowed? Should I check them in my clothes bag?
2) Will my cycling shoes be allowed on as a carry on also, especially since they have metal cleats on the bottom...
Now, outside of this one major fear that I will lose my bike and/or have my shoes and pedals confiscated, I am doing pretty damn good. I feel great. Have a ton of energy due to my taper, although I feel as if I am getting fat. But that is normal...and if I am getting a little fat, I will view that as some glycogen stores to burn in the last 10k of the run. GOOD TIMES
I know a meet-up is somewhat in the works. My quick schedule is to arrive on Wednesday at my place in Harrison (across the lake), and then I will do the swim and register on Thursday, then definitely at the pasta dinner on friday and of course, bike check in Saturday, which I will do on the earlier side. I look forward to meeting everyone out there.
Have safe travels and I'll see you at CDA,
T-Guy J (also known as Jared, Bib #290)
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I wore my neoprene cap under my swim cap, the top that was recommended earlier, and my newly purchased booties under my Blue Seventy booties. I was comfortable throughout the swim. The hands were a bit cold and I suspect the feet would be as well after a second loop but I felt it was nothing that I could not handle.
After this morning's swim I will no longer fret about the lake temps. It may not be pretty, for me at least, but it is definitely doable!
His most recent blog entry talks about Greyhound Juice, a warming salve, traditionally used by cyclists to warm their legs in cold weather.
It might be worth your consideration in battling the temps of the icy cold Lake CDA.
Friday, June 13, 2008
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When: Friday, June 20, 10am
Where: Look for the Endurance Nation EZ-UP and banner "on the grassy knoll" near the Gatorade bottle at swim start area.
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Thursday, June 12, 2008
How dare them declare bankruptcy before our flights!
Our flight now arrives in Spokane at 1:15pm on Thursday. We'd love to meet up either Thursday evening or sometime Friday.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Clear to partly cloudy
High 81° F Low 54° F
Maximum RealFeel 83° F
Minimum RealFeel 54° F
RealFeel Shade 79° F RealFeel Shade
Winds ESE at 4 mph Winds ESE at 5 mph
Wind Gusts 5 mph Wind Gusts 10 mph
Maximum UV 7 Maximum UV
Thunderstorm Probability 0% Thunderstorm Probability 0%
Amount of Precipitation 0.00 Amount of Precipitation 0.00
Amount of Rain 0.00 Amount of Rain 0.00
Amount of Snow 0 Amount of Snow 0
Hours of Precipitation 0 Hours of Precipitation 0
Hours of Rain 0 Hours of Rain
Dang there are a lot of t-shirts in this box! We are gonna seriously represent in Idaho (who you calling a ho?) this year!
Monday, June 9, 2008
So I went here and ordered a pair of these with expedited delivery.
I will be swimming in Lake CDA later this week with my new socks, and am hoping they make a small bit of difference.
Thanks for reading.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
June 6, 2008
As many of you are already aware there has been great deal of speculation regarding the swim at this year’s event focusing on cold water temperatures. Due to a record snowpack in the Bitteroot Mountains, which is the source for Lake Coeur d’Alene, we anticipate that the water on race day will be colder than normally encountered. In order to ensure the safety of our athletes, NA Sports is going to make the following changes to the standard Ironman swim rules for this event only:
1. At temperatures below 60°F wetsuits are MANDATORY.
2. Neoprene booties (aqua sox, swim sox etc) will be allowed below 60 F°. ABSOLUTELY NO FINS.
3. We encourage athletes to consider a neoprene hood worn under the issued swim cap for additional warmth. NA Sports will continue to closely monitor the water conditions and always reserves the right to make changes as we deem appropriate with athlete safety the primary factor in our decisions."
I used a neoprene cap and booties, and the thermal wetsuit shirt that swtrigal recommended.
It was a bit brisk for the first five minutes or so and along with the cold water, this was my first open water swim of the year in my wetsuit, so that also took a bit of getting used to.
I was fairly comfortable for the swim and got into the rhythm of things, although I think that the cold water did make me swim a bit slower. And while the swim is definitely doable, I would be a bit dishonest if I did not admit to some trepidation about the upcoming IM swim which could find me in the water for three times as long as today’s short excursion.
At least I know that on June 22 I won’t be alone out there.
So, if you're not afraid that I'll stalk you, send your real name, blog name and mobile phone number to the e-mail address on my blog. I'll program them all into my phone as well as create a spread sheet of everyone's contact info.
As many of you are already aware there has been great deal of
speculation regarding the swim at this year's event focusing on cold
water temperatures. Due to a record snowpack in the Bitteroot
Mountains, which is the source for Lake Coeur d'Alene, we anticipate
that the water on race day will be colder than normally encountered. In
order to ensure the safety of our athletes, NA Sports is going to make
the following changes to the standard Ironman swim rules for this event
1. At temperatures below 60°F wetsuits are MANDATORY.
2. Neoprene booties (aqua sox, swim sox etc) will be allowed below
60 F°. ABSOLUTELY NO FINS.
3. We encourage athletes to consider a neoprene hood worn under the
issued swim cap for additional warmth. NA Sports will continue to
closely monitor the water conditions and always reserves the right to
make changes as we deem appropriate with athlete safety the primary
factor in our decisions.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Statement as of 6:16 PM PDT on June 05, 2008
... 24-hour record low high temperature tied at plain WA... The high temperature at plain in the past 24 hours ending at 600 PM was 57 degrees. This ties the record for the coldest high temperature for this period. The previous record of 57 degrees was set in 2001.Records have been kept at this site since 1937.
The.Bigun...obsessing about the weather since the advent of cable and the Weather Channel.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I put in over 2000 miles on my bike...almost 400 miles of running and crazy swim yardage that I can't even remember it right now.
Showing up to cheer you on will be the easy part.
Not racing with you will be one of the most difficult things I will have to do on Sunday, June 22nd.
Have a great taper!
An injury popped up two weeks ago during a long run that is just not going away.
I refuse to walk/limp through 26 miles.
I don't want a permanent injury that will keep me from competing in years to come.
Hubby and I both cried this morning. We both have put so much time an energy into this.
But we are still going.
We will still be there for those of you who are toeing the line.
We will help in any way that we can.
Maybe it's just time for me to be a sherpa.
And I will sign up for next year.
It's that simple.
Monday, June 2, 2008
In the northern hemisphere in the summer, the farther north you go the more daylight hours you have. And the closer to June 21st, the more daylight. CDA is one of the more northern Ironman races and takes place on just about the longest day of the year. Which means this is one of the best races to try to finish during daylight hours.
According to online charts, sunset should be at 8:51. That's a sub-14-hour Ironman which is a little fast for me but it might be a goal for others to reach for. (Besides the main goal of just finishing!)
Ironman Canada is farther north but takes place later in the summer and sunset is at 7:59. Your best bet seems to be Ironman Germany on July 6th, where sunset will be at 9:36 pm. Other good races are Ironman France (same day as CdA) with sunset at 9:16 and Ironman Switzerland July 12th, 9:20pm.
Friday, May 30, 2008
R. (Red-blooded, Ripped, Race-Ready, Radiant)
If everyone puts their minds together maybe we can make something happen!
Become a member of W.A.R.M. and get the lake heated up (let's shoot for 60 degrees!) before June 22nd!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I have decided to treat the cold water sitchyashun in the time-honored approach to age group triathlon: there is no problem that cannot be solved (at least psychologically) with shiny new stuff.
I've obtained a new, full sleeve wetsuit, a goofy neoprene cap, the thermal shirt mentioned in the post immediately below, and the fetching little booties pictured above. I ordered them here.
I will be the only swimmer to DNF in 50 degree water because of overheating.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
If you scroll to the bottom you should see a few from IM CDA last year... There is also a copy of Shane's IM Moo in 06 and momo's IMFL in 06...
Monday, May 26, 2008
So, in other words, the temps from the official site are precisely the same as those at the IM CDA swim location.
I don't know if this info is actually helpful or not. Perhaps not if you were hoping that the water temps at the swim location were a bit warmer.
P.S. The lake water temps seem to be as volatile as recent financial market activities.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The Tribe and I arrive in CdA Friday afternoon and I've got pizza on the mind. Let me know if you want to join us and other bloggers, and I'll look for a place. Second option would be pizza/pasta at our race headquarters in town. (we are communing with The Greyhounds) Make your reservations(an email or comment will do-a phone # is helpful), and I'll let you know the time and place.
Also, I'm compiling a map of our group- where are you staying and with whom, including contact numbers so we can connect better. Especially sherpa's on race day. Again, an email or comment with contact info and I'll make a master list. The "I can't wait" bug is growing- see you all in a few weeks
The Outlaw gang is staying a few million miles to the southeast.
What I'll do is print out a map with streets and bring it with us - if folks want it then, I can give ya a copy. Or, if you have Microsoft Streets and Trips, I have a file I can send you.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
It's all kind of hypothetical though. If you're a crap swimmer like me, you'll die of hypothermia in the lake long before you have to worry about the bike course.
The water will be extra cold
Meaning major shrinkage for Bold
Will they cancel the swim?
The chances are slim
Warm water at this point; like fool's gold
You'll loop back and forth on the bike
It helps to know what you look like
We'll ring the cow bells
Keep downing your gels
Or your body will go on hunger strike
T2 a relief; 26.2 miles await you
Tired legs to carry you through
As the miles tick away
You'll relive the day
And realize there's nothing you can't do
A ticket to Sherpa a race
Is worth every smile on your face
We’ll cheer really loud
And tell you we’re proud
Even if you finish last place
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I went on to mapmyrun.com and found a link to the new cda course. I cannot verify it's accuracy, but it does look different than what is posted on the ironmancda site.
Here's the link if anyone is interested.
Friday, May 9, 2008
5:30PM - 7:30PM - Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene Welcome Dinner - Banquet Tent
7:30PM - 8:30PM - Mandatory Athlete Meeting - Banquet Tent
That is what headed me in the direction of Thursday evening. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Every person is different and some people may not have the drive. Extreme sports. Are we crazy? Some may thing so, but each time we run, bike, swim, hike, climb, row, or sail, it can be an awesome journey. Each struggle we might have may tweak this journey, but should never stop us.
I have brought up a few topics that we all should be thinking about. I wonder how extreme should I be and at what measures do I keep pushing my limits. How hard core are you? Do we do sports for its adrenaline rush?
What types of weather would you be willing to train in?
Ultra Endurance Events
Would we really push our limits and spend more than 8 hours or more doing one activity?
-Ironman (x2 or x3)
-24 hours of triathlon
-24 hours of cycling
-24 hours of running
-Birthday Triathlons (bfitbday.com)
-Cross Country trips
How much skill or risk does it take to become an adrenaline junkie?
-Amazon River Swim
I am here to offer a few suggestions.
1) Create a Plan
A detailed plan will make things much easier. Fine details can give you guidance and point you in the right direction towards success.
2) Don't get injured
Getting injured can make or break you. A great goal is to start at the finish line injury free. Many methods can be enacted in order for you to prevent injury. Proper stretching, knowing your limits, core strengthening, weights, and proper equipment can help.
3) Never Give Up
During a marathon you keep running. During a triathlon you don't stop swimming. During a cycling trip you don't fall asleep. Keep going no matter what you are doing. Keep in mind that some endurance events and certain elements can stop you from a race. Stress fractures, broken bones, extreme fatigue are just a few reasons why people stop for a race. I don't blame them.
4) Keep Going
Know you limits and be willing to stop ONLY in extreme measures. Keep going even if you are slowing down. Continue walking if you must during an Ironman, but don't sit down and take a nap.
5) Too much
Sometimes too much of one thing can tear you apart. You may get bored, injured, or sick of it all. Don't go all out all at once. Don't run a marathon without training. Be smart about doing extreme things.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
If you are interested I would be happy to procure dining arrangements. I suspect that resturants in the local area are beginning to fill, so perhaps time is a bit of the essence.
If you are interested perhaps you would be kind enough to leave your thoughts in the comments or email me at alo4 at comcast dot net.
Also please let me know your dining preferences (Italian, Mexican ect.).
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
We met at a local pool in Coeur d’Alene, ID for our swim to get things rolling. I swam an easy 2200 yards as a recovery swim after last evening’s master’s session.
Then we headed out on our bikes for one loop of the IM CDA bike course. Fortunately or unfortunately the hilly portions have not smoothed out much since the last time I biked this course. It does seem that there is a corresponding downhill for most of the up hills which is nice. The secret, I believe, is to get a good running start on the down hill portions before the road transforms into an up hill.
Much of the ride is absolutely breathtaking as we travel through pine forests and past beautiful lakes. There is still some snow on the higher hills which only serves to add to the great scenery.
After finishing the bike loop we took off on a run to cover much of one loop of the IM CDA run course. It is a great course that has some slight up hill portions and never seems to veer far from Lake Coeur d’Alene for most of the route.
After finishing I headed home, had a great dinner and a shower, and immediately fell asleep in my recliner. It was a good day and I look forward to my next tour of the IM CDA course in another week and a half.
Now I must rest for Sunday’s upcoming Lilac Bloomsday Run.
P.S. I was talking with an IM CDA official today and he mentioned that plans are being formulated in the event that Lake Coeur d’Alene does not warm up significantly prior to IM race day. Officials are planning on setting up a couple of warming yurts on the beach. These yurts will be readily available for swimmers as a part of T1 to combat the brutal chill that may affect many.
Thank you for reading.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Okay, so I have a friend that just sent me the following email. If you or know of someone who may be interested, send me an email and I'll let Joel know. These are serious Hoping-To-Get-Into-Kona racers... if that helps.
I think you and some of your local triathlon peeps might be traveling to
Monday, April 28, 2008
My question is, and I don't know if people have answers for it, at what point do you think you'll be confident that "yes, I'm going to make it." Or if you've already done an IM, when did you cross that threshold? I used to think that as long as I could start the run I would be OK. The bike cut-off is 5:30, so in the worst-case scenario I'd just have to do a 6.5 hour marathon. That sounds kind of easy, but then again at Wildflower (an admittedly much more difficult run) I did a 3-hour half-marathon. So a 6 hour marathon isn't too unrealistic, and that could be cutting it close.
I think that if I can reach the half-way point of the run by 8:00 then it's pretty much in the bag. I'd like to be well ahead of that, but with 4 hours to do 13 miles I don't think I'll have to worry about finishing.
What about you? Do you have a mid-race goal that will signify "yes, I'm going to finish this thing!" ?
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
If your husband (wife, child, sibling, or otherwise loved one) is an extreme athlete you know just what I mean. When I met Mr. Tri-Guy J., he was merely Mr. One Marathon J. I was suitably impressed and thought it was a mere hobby. Little did I know the years of racing that lay ahead of me. After curb-crewing my way through 5 marathons, I thought I had the encouragement thing down. After waiting at the top of Mount Washington him to finish his run, I thought I had the worrying in the cold routine down. And then, he said the infamous words… "I think I'll try a triathlon".
Here's what I knew of triathletes – they shave their legs. They have a race in Hawaii. That guy on "The Bachelor" was one. That's it. But as J trained for his first half-ironman (in Lake Winnipesaukee), I learned more and more. Suddenly two bikes were hanging on my livingroom wall, and the smell of chlorine seemed to be everywhere. And after a few successful half ironmen and a bunch of sprints, he signed up for Ironman Coeur d'Alene. Team Iron J is headed to Idaho.
I am sure you can all relate to the "training" a partner goes through. For me, the challenge has been balancing my extraordinary pride with my fear. I alternate between wanting to brag to everyone I meet that my husband is doing this amazing thing to privately worrying that he will get hurt. Particularly for those of us who are non-athletes (my idea of a triathlon? Read a book, eat a snack, crochet. Watch all three versions of "Law and Order" in one sitting), the idea that someone would choose to put their body through this is bizarre.
And so while J prepares by increasing his workouts and shaving his legs (I was right about one thing...), I'm readying myself for race day as well. In between the moments when we can see him ("Was that him on that bike? I think he has a blue helmet…"), and the moments of awe/horror that people are actually participating in this, I plan on a tight regimen of reading, listening to my ipod, and hanging out with our families. Like any competitor, I'll be sure to stay hydrated and remember the sunscreen.
For those of you who are fellow members of this elite group, I would love to hear your thoughts. How do you manage your worry? How do you stay encouraging when your partner gets frustrated? What the hell are we supposed to do all day?
And to all the other Coeur d'Alene partners, speak up and let me know who you are. Come June 22, I hope we can meet. After all, on the course it's every man/woman for him or herself, but as for curb crew? We're all in this together.
Mrs.T-Guy J (a.k.a. Betsy)
P.S. For the athlete reading this, pass it on to the loved ones. You'll find them rinsing out your bathing suit in the bathroom...
On my long rides (between 4-5 hours, have not gone longer yet), I have been consuming 4 bottles of liquids (64 ounces). 2 water and 2 sports drink. This is probably not enough as I did not have to use the bathroom until after I got off my 5 hour ride last weekend.
I try to consume 150-200 calories an hour but usually fall around 130 (not including the sports drinks.
So after a 4 hour ride I typically have ingested about 1000 calories.
Does this come close to what you are all doing, or am I way off??
Friday, April 18, 2008
I am surprised that we're not getting more CDA-specific messages from Ironman. I'm on their mailing list so of course I'm getting all the announcements about Arizona or other general-interest items. But I was expecting... well I'm not sure what I was expecting. Maybe every 2 weeks or so getting an update on what's happening in Idaho, new sponsors or activities that are going on with the event, general overviews of how the special needs bags will work. This is a really big deal and many of us are diving in head-first blindfolded. I know I can get all the information I need, but I was just hoping for a little more personalized attention. Maybe as we get closer to the actual date the information will start flowing more.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
I don't envy these people; the weather report says Sunday will be high of 96 degrees. 96?!! In the Arizona desert? I was there last year to cheer on a friend and the big problem was the winds. But least with wind, at some point you get a tailwind to help you. Heat is just heat, there's nothing to help you with that. I suspect there will be a lot of people on the course wishing they were doing Arizona in November instead. I even feel sorry for the spectators.
But the greater the challenge, the sweeter the victory, right? So have a great race everybody!
Monday, April 7, 2008
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This is what blows my mind: a half-ironman is a BIG race. This is the kind of event that people train for months, and then maybe take a week off followed by a light week or two of training afterwards. But with Coeur d'Alene looming ever closer, the 70.3 is basically just a heavy training day. There's no recovery afterwards, no taking it easy. There's no true tapering beforehand. This major race becomes just a stepping stone. We're definitely crazy for doing a full Iron.
Actually, I kind of lied about not having a taper. I injured my knee about 3 weeks ago and have been going to physical therapy to get it back in shape. (Basically, I have Runner's Knee.) It was painful for me to bike or run for about 2 weeks, and it's only been this past week that I've been able to increase the intensity of my workouts. So I am greatly under-conditioned for the race this weekend, but it's still an important practice race for Idaho. I'm just glad I got hurt now and not in June, because then I would have been in SERIOUS trouble.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I will leave it up to you to determine if this is a good or a bad thing.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Like others, I agree that a stand alone marathon hurts more than a marathon at the end of an IM. I had experienced friends tell me that in advance and so I just trusted in their collective experience and didn't worry about it.
So here is my departure, comments to the effect of not doing a marathon during the course of training for an IM…not even in the same year as an IM. I'm puzzled as to why that would be the case because I have heard it so many times. Here are my thoughts.
Recovery - good reason but how long exactly does it take to recover and how thoroughly are you trying to recover?
Performance – sure, you are unlikely to be at peak performance if you show up "over-trained" but what kind of peak performance are you looking for? I always have time goals but they end up taking a back seat to my goals of finishing and having a good time. I can't divine any importance regarding the time difference between my 14:20ish PR and my 15:50ish fiasco. What if I got what would be a dream time for me of something in the low 12s or even a sub 12? Well, if I did pull off a sub 12 I would probably obsessively follow every training rule to see if I could "shave" another TWO HOURS off my time so I could pretty much be guaranteed a slot at Kona.
Avoidance of injury – excellent reason…however you don't need to be racing to get injured, heck, you don't even need to be training.
Time and cost – as far as I'm concerned the best reasons, let's face it we did not choose the cheapest nor most time efficient sport.
Personally, I am doing a shameful amount of marathons and beyond this year, enough even to embarrass me, and the only thing I think I will really GET out of it is maybe the ability to more happily plod along if my IM does go awry. On the other hand I did just cut almost an hour off my marathon PR and about 45 minutes off my 38 mile PR so the running is doing something.
So, why not do a marathon in the lead up to an IM…why not a few…what are your reasons?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The house we had reserved in CDA is no longer available to us, so I need to find somewhere to stay. If anyone has an extra room or bed they would like to rent out to me please let me know asap. It's just me, no kids and no date (unless you want to fix me up LOL) Thanks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
At this point, it's probably too late to decide to do your first marathon before Coeur d'Alene. So will this be your first marathon? For people that already did an Ironman, was that your first 26.2-mile run, and were you glad it was/was not?
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Bigun gets first dips, but just wanted to post it to everyone else in case he already found an alternative!
You are receiving this email because you have either stayed with us in the past, or have inquired about accommodations during Ironman 2007 or 2008. Our Fort Grounds vacation rental has become available for IM 2008! We'd like to help our previously booked athletes who have encountered a hardship, by finding a replacement for the week.
Our "Corner Cottage" is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2-car garage, with ample on-property-parking vacation rental, just minutes from the IM start/finish. (Corner of Empire & Military). It is two years new, has a jacuzzi tub and can sleep 8 comfortably (X-L, X-thick queen size sleeper sofa in living room). Mannerly pets are allowed.
The rate for the week is $3500, plus 6% sales tax, 2% travel/convention tax & a refundable $500 damage deposit: $4280.00.
Please let us know if you or anyone you know who plans on being in town for the race, is interested. First to make a deposit gets it.
p.s. Hope to see some or all of you at the free pasta feed the afternoon/evening before the race!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Every little thing is starting to make this whole Ironman thing more and more "real". With all of the training we have to do, we STILL need to plow through the logistics of planning a vacation. I freak out packing for a "relaxing" vacation; what am I going to be like the night before THIS trip?!!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
I did the Ironman anyway...last in my age group, but still under 15 hours.
I gutted it out and used my endurance-memory from BC (before child) days to pull me through.
Now my daughter is grown, virtually on her own (not financially), I have a husband who supports me wholly and fully for this upcoming race, and I am working part time.
I have a nice bike (finally), and enough money for other gear and race-type nutrition.
Funny how when everything is in place like that wonderful things begin to happen.
For one, I am fooling my mind and body into thinking I am 28 years old again, when I was running high mileage and doing centuries on the weekend (just for fun).
In the pool I am keeping up with my husband and am even getting faster on the bike. Where I once climbed behind him up the hills, I am now along-side.
Running I am still leery of because I can injure easily. Upping the mileage SLOWLY, SLOWLY, SLOWLY! A few years ago I would have laughed if you told me I would run Catalina again. (Even though it was "only" the half marathon-it's a butt kicker!)
I am eating and sleeping well for the most part. Haven't caught any illness this year (yet...knock on wood), and things are clicking....
It's scary when things are finally falling into place and going "right".
Fun, but scary!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Why am I doing this...
Well...I have been drinking this morning!!!
Ok, not really, but I have been drinking this...
There is a whole community of bloggers going to Ironman Coeur D'Alene who have formed a great community online (HERE) and some of them might need to be put in their place.
For starters: Bigun and Taco Night (I mean Taconite) Boy have a great podcast, but are starting to become celebrities and may need to be brought down from their "pyramid-shaped" planet. Blink140.6, on that podcast talked about how us "young" kids can't hold up against those "older" guys. Tri-Dummy started the "Bling" controversy and I have officially decided that Greyhound is to good a writer and is making the rest of us "bloggers" look bad. Not to mention the rest of you... OVERACHIEVERS
I will be calling one of you out and starting a war of words on the blogs, on the podcasts and not to mention while I am on my own out training in the frigid Boston weather.
Ok peoples, lets play!!!
p.s.- I almost forgot, I still love all you guys and can't wait to meet you all up in Idaho.