2. The fact that I'm "tapering" (if "tapering" can be defined as "doing nothing athletic for two weeks other than a 14.75 hour adventure race") for Sunday's ill-advised private half ironman. I'm feeling seriously fidgity and out of sorts.
|The mother of all tapers. Add in some hiking, mountain biking, and canoeing on Sat. That is all.|
4. Why do I call Sunday's race ill-advised? I'm basically trained for the half marathon part. My long bike ride for the year is 33 miles on the torture chamber that is my bike seat (on the other hand, I've several 3.5+ hour rides in on my mountain bike), and I've been swimming three times.
5. On the other hand, I get a free race, free shirt, and free dinner (which sounds awesome), all for just showing up. Who you calling ill-advised?
6. If I don't finish the race, though, I'll only be able to sleep in the shirt. With it inside-out. The print might be scratchy, so I'm
7. The half marathon portion will be run in 2-mile loops, and my 7 year old son is all about running a loop with me. I think we're going to compromise on him riding his bike and me running. The football game will be on in the garage/transition area, so I think I think I'll be able to convince my husband to come and "spectate".
8. Thanks to the adventure race (yeah, I don't get far from the topic), I've got two new adventure racing blogs to obsessively read, which will be a nice change from obsessively REreading the ones I already
9. I should be making supper, but we're having frozen pizza.
10. Although the adventure race is over (Did I mention I was just in an adventure race?) I do have a couple things to look forward to:
- a return to Castlewood State Park for the Skippo trail race. I did the 20K last year (the origin of Team Hangover). This year there's a 10K, a 20K, and a 30K. I'm toying with the idea of the 30K just because, you know, why not?
- a return to Castlewood State Park for the Castlewood 8-Hour adventure race. Last year I volunteered. This year, I get to compete. Famous last words...the last two lines of the race volunteer report: I can't wait to do an adventure race. Just...not in December.
- a rematch with Pere Marquette State Park at the Pere Marquette Endurance Trail Run, which may have kicked my ass more thoroughly last year than 14 hours of adventure racing did last weekend.
12. Expect the longest transition times ever for Sunday's race. I don't have a tri suit or shorts, nor do I feel like swimming in the YMCA pool in my bike shorts and then riding wet for nearly 60 miles (I know, I'm a wimp), so...
- I'll be wearing a swim suit to swim,
- changing into my bike clothes (ever tried pulling a sports bra on over a wet body? 10 minutes right there, if I escape the dressing room without a shoulder injury. I'm going to need the reverse of one of those wet-suit strippers) for the bike leg,
- and then change into running shorts for the run. Just because I can.