Wednesday, April 30, 2008

House At Cd'A

Wow..... look who decided to join the partay and post!! Little. Old. Me.

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 Coeur d’Alene in June. We have a house rented, and one of our Missoula racers pulled out of the race, opening up one of the bedrooms. It is a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house, completely unfurnished. It’s just like camping out, but with a roof over your head and clean bathrooms. Just like a motel, but with a kitchen and an empty two-car garage for gear. We’ve stayed there the last two years (a friend’s rental place). It’s truly a sweet option for a racer.

Let me know if anyone you know is looking for a place for the weekend. It’s $250 per bedroom ($1,000 for the house for the entire weekend), no matter how many people are involved. There is also camping in the back yard.


Monday, April 28, 2008

When will we know?

There are a bunch of great athletes in this group, and then I suspect there are a also a bunch of middle-to-back-of-the-packers like myself. For some of us doing our first Ironman, success isn't guaranteed. There's no doubt in my mind that all of us are capable of finishing the race in under 17 hours, but some of us may be more vulnerable if we have an off day. And anything can happen along the course.

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

Calling All Triathlete Significant Others

Your alarm clock going off at 5:00 am. A wet bathing suit constantly hanging in the bathroom. The snack-food cabinet taken over by energy gels. No, I am not talking about the life of a triathlete. I am talking about the life of a triathlete’s wife.

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...

Nutrition Plan

I thought it would be a good idea if we shared our nutrition plans for the race here. Really, I'm being selfish and looking for a little insight as what to do. Most of you out there have a plan, and a lot of you have done this before. I know everyone is different but at a comparison, or for me, a starting place would be nice.

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??


Hi All,

My first post on the CdA blog...

I am looking to buy new tires and am wondering what you all are riding on, recommending, and mostly Using for CdA.??

I have been having a problem with my rear tire as it seems to causing slow leaks to new tubes. I have checked the tire for anything possibly puncturing the tube but no luck. Or maybe I am pinching it when I replace the tube, I don't know but bottom line is I need new tires overall.

Thanks for the 411...


Friday, April 18, 2008

Ironman "Reminder"

I thought this was kind of funny. I received an email with the subject "Ironman Reminder Letter". And I was thinking, yeah, like I REALLY need to be reminded that Ironman is coming up. Turns out it was a message from the hotel letting me know that my deposit becomes non-refundable next week. It's pretty much a non-issue since canceling is not an option, but at least it's good to know my reservation is still on file.

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

I Heard a Rumor...

TriBoomer might need a place to crash for could just be a rumor though.....

Friday, April 11, 2008

Good Luck Arizonians!

This weekend is Ironman Arizona, so best of luck to everyone out there who will be racing.

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

So Sad...

For those of you who don't know it yet, TriDummy will not be joining us at IMCdA this year. Please send him your regards. We are going to miss having him, Aimee and the kids with us. I really mean it when I say that I am sad the Ferreira family won't be with all of us.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Final Shirt ORDER BY 4/25/08

These are done on a "Coolmax" Shirt. The price for them is $18.00 for adult sizes (with a minimum order of 37 shirts). For childrens shirts I will have to get the size and can then get a quote for you. (they will be considerably less than the adult shirts) Even if you have small kids, you may just wish to order an XSM adult size in the coolmax. Otherwise Kids' shirts are cotton.
Here is the front view

the back view. You do have the option to delete "sherpa"

Please email me with the quantity of shirts you would like to order. Remember, if you want to personalize them you can. I can do individual personalized shirts but the price is higher. If you order a minimum of 6 personalized shirts, the price stays the same.
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