It’s been a while since my last post. I guess work and training has gotten the best of me (again). First off, thank you for all your great comments on my last post. I loved reading all your comments about your fabulous personal support crews.
Last week was my last “big” week of training. I had a 4 hour/1 hour brick on the schedule followed by a 2 hour run the next day as my long workouts of the week. I found a new route out to Grand Haven and back that keeps me off some of the busy highways. My goal was to go easy on the ride and try and maintain my IMWI goal pace. Mission successful. I got off the bike and was feeling great all the way through my run. I felt great the next day on my 2 hour run as well and held nearly the same paces as the 1 hour run off the bike the day before.
This week has been what I am going to call my “taper prep” week. It isn’t a full out taper as it is still about 15 hours of training, but it is definitely less than what I have been doing both in distance and intensity. I’ll admit, it has been hard to be gung-ho about my workouts this week. It isn’t a lack of motivation, but more so a sense of complacency knowing that these workouts really have no bearing on the outcome of my race. With that in mind, I’ve shuffled some of the workouts around and chose to run with Jennie instead of the scheduled workout.
My main focus this week has been putting together checklists, packing lists, and a spectator guide for people coming to the race. I’m still working on the checklists and what not. For those of you who have already raced, what are some of the things you wished you had packed/forgot to pack for your race?
I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but we ended up picking the hotel room that is closer to the race site but that doesn’t have a kitchen area. Instead, we bought an electric skillet online the other day that we are going to bring so that I can cook in our hotel room. I figure that I can at least make my pre-race scrambled eggs and toast on it. Let’s hope that I don’t burn the place to the ground.
Last week, we also ordered shirts for my cheering section. Jennie helped come up with a design and we put the order in with VistaPrint. Their website was kind of a pain to use, but the prices were great and the shirts came out awesome! We did an Ironwife one for Jennie and Ironfan ones for everyone else with the back being the same for all of them.
So, that is where I am currently at. Well that and obsessing over this:
Thanks for reading!