April 29, 2010

gone with the wind

Monique and I got to Vegas yesterday but I was finishing up a big day of work. Unfortunately, that has been the norm the last week or so but it was a good fit with taper time. Stress in another form... By the time I got off my laptop and my phone out of my ear yesterday the wind was HOWLING!

The news (depending on what you were watching) said there were gusts between 40 and 52mph and similar weather in St George. Our brick workout was out the window so we just soaked up some more rest and ate...again. Eating is one thing I have not cut back and although I gained a few pounds I know I will have all my strength for St. George and I am going to need it!

I do understand that "training is physical and racing is mental" so I appreciate the mental switch for now. Last week, I could not stop thinking about the fact that I am going to run a MARATHON let alone after about eight hours of racing already in my body. I kinda forgot about all that now and I am just relaxed and ready to get r' done!

Some interesting facts I picked up this week too like that it takes approximately 5,000 strokes to complete an Ironman swim and about 30,000 pedal circles on the bike that should get us to "expend 8,500 to 11,500 kilocalories and lose up to 2 litres of fluid per hour". Makes me hungry even now...

When we drove into SG this morning the weather could not be better. No wind, overcast and a chance of showers. Perfect! I hope it stays like this for a couple of days. This place is beautiful!

We just finished checking in and the enormity of this race started to set in. There are lots of people here from lots of different places. We got our race packets and our numbers marked on our bodies TWO DAYS before the race. Quite a major production.


Then we ate. Ate again and now we have been resting watching TV. A major change from our usual habits. Monique got some disc wheel looking tattoos and if this town was not transformed into Ironman village they would have probably think she just escaped from prison the way she was putting away the food and talking that slang gang jive. Why are we still so hungry?


Tomorrow we are planning on an easy swim, bike, run to loosen up and then follow it up the next day with a bigger swim, bike, run. Simple right?

3 comments:

thelionbeach said...

enjoy the day and have a great race!

Ryan Weeger said...

very nice guys, the drive must have made you both hungry! go get em tommorow, ill be tracking all you foolios :)

allison said...

Good luck to both you and Monique! I can't see your #, but will try to look it up once I get home.

Can't wait to read the race reports!