Tuesday, June 18
I had forgotten what it’s like to sit in a car for hours on end. Even with reading materials, good tunes, and discussions of various topics with The Hub, I was antsy. I’m not good at car naps so that was not an option. I reviewed my race day plan, nutrition plan, and made a grocery list for CDA. These tasks made me feel excitement over what was to come!
I will spare you the other images showing the infection that ensued, which wasn’t helped by swimming in the Boulder Reservoir before it was closed for elevated E. Coli levels. When I saw greenish ooze, I realized a visit to the podiatrist was in order. A painful “clean out”, some topical iodine, and a prescription for antibiotics and I was on my way. The doc said “you’ll be okay to do your Ironman but you’ll probably feel it”. What did that mean? The pain in my foot hadn’t subsided and I hadn’t run for 9 days. I now feared my favorite part of a triathlon - the run. All I could do was take care of the wound, hope for the best, and try to get my attitude in order. Mind over matter.
Wednesday, June 19
We were fortunate enough to rent a house overlooking the lake a few miles outside of town. I highly recommend this option over a hotel room, especially if you care about your nutrition and want the ability to prepare your own food. With list in hand, Pat and I were off to the grocery store to stock up for the remainder of the week. Food items on the list included everything I normally consume, but more on that in the next blog.
Thursday, June 20
We swam for 30 minutes, or rather, I tried not to swallow copious amounts of water for 30 minutes. Mo has been swimming for a long time and had some great tips for Mikki and me on how to navigate the swells and alter our stroke to be more efficient. This was super helpful, in addition to just being able to relax the mind and “go with it”. The swim actually turned out to be a fun time, especially getting to share it with these gals.
Friday, June 21
|Mikki, Mo, Sonja and me post-swim|
The hill wasn’t as bad as the pain in my foot! I knew I was going to need some (more) serious mental toughness to get through the marathon if my foot was going to feel like THAT on race day. Attitude!
Saturday, June 22
|My bike in the Cervelo sandwich (#682)|
I put my transition bags in the appropriate areas and then tried to familiarize myself with the layout of T1 and T2. I was overwhelmed at first.
After bike check in, it was finally time to settle in for the rest of the evening. I spent some time preparing nutrition for the next day and reviewing plans. I listened to Bobby McGee (the coach, not the musician) for inspiration and to get me centered. I think I watched a little bit of the Blackhawks game before dinner with my cool bro-in-law, Brian, before it was chow time... and then the final hours.
Thanks for reading,-Dina