Friday, April 30, 2010

IM Utah 2010- Day 3

Day 3...the day before race day!

After a good night's sleep... breakfast... did a little 15 minute bike followed by a 10 minute jog... packed my T1 and T2 bags and off to bike drop off I went! Boy was it windy at T1... hope it's not like that at all tomorrow..

Oooh forgot to mention.. last night was also the Athlete Meeting. Mike Reilly was throwing out stats and splits.. largest field is M40-44 at 19% ... one of the larger women fields in IM at 22%... which means for every woman, there is a 40-44 man.

Last night was the athlete meeting and today was our coach's meeting. Coach rode the bike course in the morning... came back and said.. "well... tomorrow is not about racing.. tomorrow is about survival.. there will be no racing until the 2nd loop of the bike course!" No exaggeration... it's THAT windy here especially in the valley! Heart rate 150-160 are going to be my magic numbers.. 155 is the sweet spot for the day tomorrow and after what happened at IM CDA last June, I have a spare heart rate monitor in my T1 bag!

Had an early dinner here with the gang at 4:30pm.. and another little dinner about three hours later but not before I received a care package from Mike~ chocolate covered strawberries and happy face sugar cookies ~ sweetness!

Until tomorrow folks! Wish me luck!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

IM Utah 2010- Day 2

Day 2-

Woke up... ate breakfast... drove out to the swim start/ T1 which is about 20 miles away from the finish/ T2... did an easy 25 minute test swim. Water was cold.. colder than I expected... definitely not in the 60's... more in the 50's.. definite ice cream headache worthy!

Came back..went back to the expo to get body marked. I am now temporary tattoo'd #176 on both arms and 32 on the left calve..saw my friend Clemens at the expo who made it from Germany despite the volcanic ashes. Then came home... 1 hr bike riding the run course ... a 20 minute run ... and then back to the house to relax.

Not much else today.. tomorrow is gear check in day!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

IM Utah 2010- Day 1

Destination: SFO -> SGU

I left SFO this morning at 6:08am to Salt Lake City connecting to St. George, Utah via little propeller plane. Two more minutes in that thing and I would have puked for sure!

Landed.. waited for my bag at baggage claim... met a new friend name Paul at baggage claim. Paul and I decided to share a cab to downtown. We grabbed our grabs that were dropped off by hand on the baggage slide and walked outside thinking there would be a few cabs waiting. Nope, that the case. Called all the airport extensions for cabs.. no answer. Called from my cell phone.. bingo! Cab driver asked me if I was one of those crazy people that swim 2.4, bike 112 and run 26.2. He couldn't grasped the idea that there could be THAT many crazies in one vicinity! Oh St. George, you just wait! Got to our IM home... sweetness!!

Waited for Ariane here at the Mansion... went to check in.. Bib # 176. Went to Albertson's thinking we can get deli sandwiches.. wrong.. we picked up a roll.. was handed some turkey meat and a packet of mustard to make our own sandwich... weird! Drove bike course shortly after.

BIke course thoughts... this isn't too bad. The course profile on paper looks big and steep but driving it, it's all gradual but if it was windy like today, holy mother of uh oh will occur!! Today, we saw tumbleweeds blowing across the roads along with cute little and big cows crossing the road.

Tomorrow... a little swim.. a little bike and a little run. Hydrate hydrate hydrate and drive the run course before packing the bags!

Stay tuned..