We are in the middle of “heat wave.” Or as I like to call it – July. Yes, it is hot. Maybe even hotter than normal. But guess what? In 2-3 months it will be cold. So, 90*, 100*, or even hotter and I’ll be out there making the most of it. You won’t hear me complaining. Jennie, the pup, and I have been spending a lot time hanging out in the basement which is like natural AC. We are so glad that our first home improvement project 6 years ago was finishing off part of the basement. We are going on a 3 year streak of not turning on the central air. We can’t break down now.
Sprinkler + Hammock = The best way to cool down after a run.
Oh yeah. Did I mention that I am racing Ironman Muncie? I don’t think I actually ever posted anything here about yet. Whoops. It was sort of a last minute addition to my race schedule. I had it on the schedule since the beginning of the year, but then procrastinated and all the close hotels had filled up so I wrote it off. I really didn’t want to spend money on a race and then have to stay an hour or more away from the race site. Thankfully though, a Strider’s teammate’s plans changed and her hotel room was available. So, I snatched it up and signed up. That, of course, was before the heat wave (see above). It will make for an interesting race as they have already moved the race start up 30 minutes to get everyone on the course as soon as possible.
I keep going back and forth with what my race goals should be and have come up with the following:
1) Keep a positive attitude from start to finish. I was really bummed with how I felt at the Grand Rapids Tri a month ago. Basically, for the first half of the run course, I was hating the sport and questioning why I was out there. I don’t want this to happen again.
2) Execute successful transitions. I’m not talking about the T1 and T2 times themselves, but more so the first few miles on the bike and first few miles on the run. I need to keep my speed in check on the bike and not hammer it out of T1. Then, for the run, I need to stay positive (see #1) and just keep moving forward no matter how I feel physically.
3) Nail the nutrition. I had sort of a monkey wrench thrown into this one (see below), but I need to follow my nutrition plan as practice for IMMT. With the heat, I will have to remember to take in more fluid than normal and keep my core temperature as low as possible on the run.
Chalk this up as procrastination/poor planning on my part but I ran out of EFS Drink (my primary sport drink this season) the other day. I have some on order but it won’t show up until Monday. I have searched high and low for a place to buy it and had no luck. I literally called every bike shop I could find between Grand Rapids and Muncie and no one has it stock. I have a couple calls on on BT and other forums hoping that another athlete might swoop in and rescue me, but I’m not too optimistic. So, instead, I am going to revert back to the Powerbar Perform that I used last year. The powdered version of Perform worked fairly well for me last year so I am hoping that it works for me this weekend even though I haven’t used it at all this season. One of these days I’ll learn to not be a procrastinator. But not today .
Update: Crisis averted!! George at Speed Merchants saw my post on Facebook and hooked me up! I totally forgot that they carried the First Endurance products. I now have the nutrition I have been training with and am ready to kick butt.
I’ll spare you the nasty toe picture, but I managed to stub my toe and rip off a chunk of skin the other day. Let this be a reminder to always wear shoes outside, especially during a taper week. I was a bit worried about it bugging me at Muncie, but I have since run, biked, and swam without too much of an issue. I’ll probably still wrap and tape it before the race to protect it, but fingers crossed it doesn’t slow me down.
4th of July Fun
Now, if you stuck around through all the boring crap, you get rewarded with some fun pictures and video.
Our 4th of July Holiday started early on the weekend before the 4th.
We started with the Reeds Lake Run 10k. This is a hard race to pass up because it is only a mile away. Jennie and I both ran the 10k with this being the first year that Jennie has done the 10k.
And I even ended up with some age group bling! I placed 5th in my AG with a time of exactly 42:00. First in my age group took 2nd overall so I got bumped up to 4th place and awards went 4 deep. Perfect!
Immediately after the race, we headed to a graduation party for Jennie’s cousin. It was on a small man-made lake. There were paddle boats.
And a giant slip and slide.
Next up was our 7 year anniversary! Woohoo for 7 years married to my best friend.
On the 4th, we took Bailey for his first ever kayak trip. He sort of fit in the kayak. I think he would have been happier swimming next to the kayak though.
And then we capped off the celebrations with the annual East GR fireworks. Bailey is a fireworks champ and couldn’t care less about them.
Thanks for reading! I hope everyone has a great weekend!