Kacie and Dani dipped their bike tires in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, and right now they are rolling through Kansas, battling the headwinds, rain, darkness, and fatigue – they have been riding their bikes for 5 days. Please take a moment and think about the incredible thing these two amazing women are doing, and wish them well. You can still support their efforts HERE! Head to the RAAM website to track them (they are Team 205). Want to give them a shout out? HERE is their Twitter and HERE is their Facebook page.
Only 38 Days until Ironman Lake Placid!
I just peed my pants a little.
So it is a good thing I am heading there THIS FREAKING WEEKEND!!!
Lake Placid is like…Disneyland for triathletes. Heading there this time of year is awesome for all sorts of reasons, but mostly because you are literally infested with people who love to talk about triathlon, and who want to talk about this course in particular.
See, here in Caratunk, I am a complete outlier. When I start talking about the IMLP course, my plans, concerns, nutrition… people’s eyes start to glaze over as they look around and try to make a polite exit as I yammer on (and on) about how I am stressed about the swim change and hope I did enough work this winter on the bike and wonder will my legs hold up on the run?
Not this weekend. This weekend, I am one of the “normal” people. I get to meet veterans and first timers and hear their stories, concerns, and plans, and share mine to people who are actually interested.
I am signed up to do the Fireman Ironman Camp again – I did it in 2011 and it was just awesome – completely laid back and full of positive people who just want to help you succeed. While I am heading over there alone, I am super excited to meet up with Maria, Joe, and a few folks from the Beginner Triathlete IMLP Forum.
Anyway, I am thinking about packing and leaving early tomorrow so I can get to Lake Placid and make a few laps around Mirror Lake.
What I love MOST about that? I will NOT be the only person swimming.
I just peed a little. Again.
After that it is a BIG training weekend for me – I plan on a loop of the bike course on Friday, two loops on Saturday (that is 168 miles in 2 days), some more swimming, some running. My big goal this year is to be stronger on the bike than I ever have been, so far I think I am doing that, although I am not sure what that translates to for a bike time on the IMLP course.
We will see. I have some goals forming in my head, but until I finish out this weekend, I won’t be sure where to set them exactly. I figure when the bib numbers come out, I will go public with my (constantly changing) goals for the race.
I plan on posting a few updates this weekend after my swims, rides, and runs – and lots of pictures!!
Thanks for reading!