Friday morning I got up bright and early and drive to Ellacoya State Park to meet up with my friend and mentor Steve B to ride and run the Timberman HIM course. He has completed Timberman twice and it was super cool of him to come and meet me and show me the course, especially since he is not doing Timberman this year. He drove all the way from Ontario to meet up with me, and I am tremendously thankful.
We were both there a little after 8am, and as we were setting up our bikes and I was jabbering, telling stories, and laughing (I do that) when I heard…
“Mandy? Is that you?”
I turned to find my friend Winnett, who is also doing Timberman, and had shown up to ride the course. It was the most awesome random meeting ever – and of course she joined us on the ride.
I think this is all thanks to the steroids he is on (I hate them, but what do I do? He is comfortable, eating, drinking, and walking now.) He is being tested for myasthenia gravis, a neromuscular disease that is treatable, although can be debilitating when it flairs up. I hope to have the results sometime next week, if they come back negative then we have some more tests to do to find out what the problem is.
- Swim ~ 2.5 hours, (all OWS) about 3 miles point to point with “dock intervals” thrown in after the out and back swim.
- Bike ~ 106 miles. I am riding 20 miles tonight though, so that should be 126 miles by the end of today.
- Run ~ 17 miles. The leg is almost better! I am steadily building mileage here.
- Total time: 11 hours – with tonight’s ride I will be up to at least 12 hours or so.