Sep 02

Where I’m At

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.

Photo Aug 27, 12 35 28 PM
The halfway point of my ride at Grand Haven State Park.

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.

Photo Aug 30, 9 12 45 PM

So, that is where I am currently at.  Well that and obsessing over this:





US Geological Survey Lake Monona Water Temps

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    Normally I get jealous over food pics but I am not jealous over your air temps. Man that would be like going to heaven right now. When it’s 101* here I think its cool….

    Going to be close for wetsuit legal huh?

    And I agree with you on that last week before taper week as you are starting to feel burnt out and just wondering why you are still doing it and not giving it your all and then you realize that it all has an impact and being half-assed can lead to injury.

    Not much longer to go brother!
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  2. Jon

    Dude! The stars are all aligning! The weather, the shirts, the water temp(hopefully drops)…..the 16 page spectator guide!

    You have hit the point where you just NEED TO RACE IT!

    Physically, you aren’t going to lose any fitness over the next 9-10 days. So don’t listen to your brain, cool?
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  3. Jeff Irvin

    With those low temps coming up you are probably safe to pack the wettie!

    Keeping the fingers crossed that the weather stays like this for you because that would be the perfect conditions to race (and spectate).

    This is going to be such a great experience!
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  4. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Those shirts are awesome! I need to think of something like that for IMAZ!!
    That weather looks awesome compared to our 90s here! Hopefully it will stay!
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  5. Matt Oravec

    Yeah its weird, as soon as this week came, all of my workouts have been awesome! I think our 3rd to last week started cutting back the hours before yours did though, hope this doesn’t shoot me in the foot.

    We did the last of our INTENSE taper stuff, the rest looks low key and simple, maybe an hour a day now aside from one more 3hr ride this weekend.

    I plan on doing everything the race has to offer, preview swim, dinner, meetings, the brunch after the race, ALL OF IT 🙂

    Right now we have thunderstorms predicted for race day. Wonder what happens if there are thunderstorms on race day? haha… ugh.
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  6. katie

    wow, the weather looks kind of perfect, I hope it stays that way! and I love the shirts. 🙂
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  7. Derek

    You’re set! except for that spectator guide…can I get one of those:)
    weather looks good!


  8. lindsay

    but it’s not orange… disappointed.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I actually looked at orange (and other colors) ones. haha. They would have been at least $10 per shirt more and the red M-dot probably wouldn’t have been visible.

  9. Pat

    Got my oly on Saturday. Can’t wait for Sunday to sit, and recover all day while I track you. That weather is gonna be unreal. It’s got nothing to do with luck Kevin, you’ve earned this experience.
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  10. CouplaHounds

    Looks perfect! Love the T-shirts!

  11. Kristin @ Lazy Marathoner

    That water temp really had me nervous. It was so warm at the Madison OWS a couple weeks ago that no wetsuits were allowed. I really don’t feel like dragging myself through blue-green algae with no wetsuit!

    My real taper begins Monday as well and I am so looking forward. I still felt pretty motivated this week but it was so busy and was hard fitting it all in. You’re so right, none of this really impacts the race. I’m using everything for either a mental boost or to burn calories!

    Keep your packing simple. That’s my best advice. So many people WAY overdo it and it will actually add to your stress when packing up the gear bags.
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Had you nervous??? Are you pretty confident that it is going to be cooled off enough for next weekend? You probably have more in town sources than I do so I am relying solely on what I can find online. I’ve found two sites with Lake Monona temperatures, but they each have different data.

      Thanks for the advice! I’m sure that I will probably end up packing more than I use, but I won’t stress out about it. Pretty much anything I forget, I can buy when I get there.

  12. Colleen

    You are so ready… I can’t wait to stalk you that day and then have you tell me how amazing the whole experience was when you finish! 🙂

    As for what I wished I brought… since Tom had already done one, I kinda had what I needed, but pick a treat… like something you never have but loooove and stick it in your special needs bag. Tom’s already decided for CP that it’s moonpies and peanut butter oreos. You might not eat them, but if your nutrition sounds horrible at any point, at least you have a total treat to get you some calories. 🙂

    Love the shirts!

    And that weather looks PERFECT!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Moonpies and peanut butter oreos… Interesting. I’m actually hoping to put a couple Snickers bars and hopefully a frozen Gatorade in each of my special needs bags. We won’t have a freezer at the hotel, but I am thinking of buying some of those cheap insulated bags they sell at the grocery store and packing those with ice and goodies.

      I’m hoping to get in touch with everyone in CP after I finish. I already have Jeff’s cell number so he is going to be my man on the ground there for updates. Maybe Jennie can even get in-race updates and pass them to me 🙂 I just need one of those guys on a moped like in the Tour de France with a caulk board giving me status updates. haha

  13. carol

    Good luck…it will be epic, I know it!
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  14. Mike

    The one thing I always forget is my headlamp. It’s dark when you’re prepping your bike and pumping up your tires so a headlamp is helpful. Other than that, just bring your gear and nutrition and you’ll be fine. Good luck.
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  15. Matt Smith

    Yeah, baby! Those temps are looking pretty good for race day. One week to go, and it’s all IRONMAN for Kevin Neumann! It’s gonna be so awesome with all this training to push you through the day. It’s really just the fun part now! Those shirts are sweet, and I wish Jennifer and I would be there to wear them and support you. We’ll be cheering wherever we are, and you better believe I’ll be stalking you from afar. I was just thinking about Steelhead today and how much fun it was to hang out with you guys and how nice you were to go back and run the last bit with me. You’re a stud and are going to do great! I’ll keep that weather in my prayers this week. Enjoy the taper!
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  16. Elizabeth

    You are going to rock this Ironman. I can’t wait to read your race report. WOOOOo HOOOOOO.
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  17. Regina

    Don’t obsess over what you can’t control! You’ll drive yourself nuts. Let it go, man ;). The shirts look great! Love the M dot in your name, brilliant! I’m with mike: headlamp!

    Rock it!

  18. alison

    Thanks for sharing this post! Those shirts are awesome! I need to think of something like that for IMAZ!
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  19. BDD

    You are more then ready, enjoy your reward for all your hard work

    Those shirts are awesome
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