Thursday, July 26, 2012

three things thursday

1. I have officially declared my post-ironman bender over.  Sunday morning I joined a friend for a swim and was pretty shocked to see what was happening against a watch for the first time in a while.  I kicked over my new leaf with a rest day on Monday, but I got my life in order and ate well all day (another "first in a while").  Since then, I've put myself loosely back on a schedule - there is nothing hard at all happening, but I'm just trying to get my feet back under me.  I reintroduced my delicate parts to a bike seat on Tuesday morning after two solid weeks away from the bike (my, do those calluses fade away quickly) and that plus slowly improving nutrition and sleeping habits mean that I am starting to feel like myself again.  The past two months of our lives have been a rollercoaster for so many reasons, and I'm really looking forward to life calming down and settling back into what I consider our normal.


2. You may recall that the poet decided to sign up and train for a sprint earlier in the summer.  The race is this weekend up in Maryland, and I am pretty excited to rock some serious spectating.  He's been training on his hybrid bike, but for the race was able to borrow a road bike (that even has aerobars!) from a friend of ours.  It's pink and I think he looks oh-so-fabulous on it.
I'm trying to convince him to wear my aero helmet, so please leave your strongly-worded opinion on the matter in the comments and I'll make sure he reads them before packing his transition bag Saturday evening.


3. I've been working on the ironman Q&A post all week and it should be ready to go tomorrow, so this is "last call" for any questions for a just-a-hair-under-14-hour-IM-finisher.  Any questions about being fast or winning the race will be forwarded to my coach because I have no idea how to make any of that happen.  The questions that have come in so far have been pretty fun, and I'm looking forward to posting this one.


Happy Thursday, everyone!  Who's gearing up for a race this weekend?

23 comments:

  1. Not me dude. All my time is used in getting newbies started running ready for the race we're hosting in September.

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  2. Hey Katie, I'd love to hear about your tips for time management... recovery... managing the costs of this expensive, expensive sport. And I'd love to ask: what has inspired you along this journey? Love your words. Congrats on an amazing achievement.

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  3. I totally think he should wear the aero helment!! Mostly because I will be there and would LOVE to see that in person. :)

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  4. Has it been a month since ironman already? Take at least a month off. That was the biggest mistake I made was going back into run training only 2 weeks after IMFL. Get the rest time and enjoy the spectating! Good luck to the poet this weekend.

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  5. Definitely wear the aero helmet. Love that he's rockin' the pink bike. Give him a good luck hug for me.

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  6. Love the pink bike. Of course it needs an aero helmet.

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  7. Good Luck to the Poet. And why not the aero helmet. Guys on pink bikes rock!

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  8. Sweet baby jesus get him a new helmet. That vintage thing doesn't look like it'll do much brain saving. Even if the new one isn't aero, he'll be better off for it.

    Questions:
    Did you ever think "WTF am I doing out here?" during the race?
    Did you ever think "I hope he got a good shot of my ass" as you passed a race photographer or someone with a camera?

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  9. LOVE the pink bike. You go girl! LOL!

    I missed getting you a question so here's mines:

    Since you had trained with liquid fuel only and then had other fuel on the course do you think you will continue to train with only liquids?

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  10. The pink bike is fantastic, but it's really the ombre aerobars that make the whole picture. An aero helmet will only enhance the fabulous mess going on there.

    Question: please address your management of the mental weight of knowing that you were going to be on the course for 12+ hours or whatever. For me I imagine one of the biggest hurdles would be knowing that after finishing the bike I still had 5 or more hours of marathon to go, so I wonder what you did to prepare for that and how it actually went on race day.

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  11. OMG PINK! It suits him. But yes the aero helmut would seal the deal. Good Luck Poet!

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  12. love the bike.
    aero helmet on but only backwards.

    question: what was your most earth shattering/entertaining/thought provoking/soul defining thought(s) on the course. I am sure there were many...

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  13. Wear the aero helmet. This is your first sprint triathlon and you want it to be memorable and since you are already sporting a pink bike why not sport the aero helmet too?

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  14. It takes a strong man to rock a pink bike, good luck to the Poet this weekend!

    IM question - I'm in the final 6-7 week stretch prior to IMWI (my first) and am hitting peak training and walking that fine line of total exhaustion and anxiety of preparing for the race. Do you have any pointers on how to handle that last month of training - physically, mentally, etc. Did you NOT think about the race? Obsess over every workout? Eat super healthy? I'm just barreling through right now and hoping for the best, and I'm just not sure other than checking off each workout if there are other things I should be doing.

    Thanks so much! All the best to you, the Poet, and the pups!

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  15. Good luck to the Poet!!!

    He definitely needs to wear the aero helmet! And perhaps shave his legs?

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  16. Pink bike + sperm helmet? God, the pictures that will make!

    I'm racinnngggg! Well. I'm running on a race course with a number and stuff. So, kind of racing.

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  17. GO POET GO! Loving that bike on him! Have fun spectating, and getting back in the groove with some training.

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  18. Yeah, the aero will definitely ensure that he kills it out there - do it for the photos at least!

    13+ hours is a buttload of time to be exercising. What was your longest continuous training day before your IM? How did you account for the difference, both mentally and physically, in preparation for and during the actual race? Maybe you can talk about why triathletes don't eat real food while racing?

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  19. Yes to the aero helmet. Double yes to the Speedo. I know you didn't ask. But I answered anyway.

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  20. um...is it the sprint that just turned into an aqua-run because PGC sucks at issuing permits?

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  21. Even though the Poet's race turned into a Splash and Dash, I am holding out hope that he still wore the aero helmet. Running can be dangerous. Anyway, my post-IM bender is over. Sad and glad at the same time. I did shots last night Katie. Shots. Ouch.

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