17 July 2011

They have flown...

... Pigs, that is. Today is Sunday. We leave for Lake Placid on Thursday. And I am essentially packed and ready to go. This never happens. I am always the one up super late the night before a trip, packing at the last minute, freaking out that I don't have everything, having a bird because I can't find something important. It's only when pigs fly that I am actually ready early for something.

This week is all about minimizing stress and maximizing sleep. We did all our our laundry today, cleaned the house top to bottom, I cleaned my bike, my suitcase is packed, I have all my nutrition and last minute items purchased, I've found race wheels to reserve, and most of my race-day tri stuff is also packed. I have my lunch all packed and ready to go for tomorrow and we even have our dinner pre-made for tomorrow night. It feels awfully nice to have things squared away - I should do this more often!

Workouts this weekend went really, really well. And I managed to do every single workout this entire week. This is my "A" race and I want to do everything right. Unfortunately, I'm not bike commuting to work this coming week - I've made it this long without any biking injuries, I don't want to tempt fate the week before Ironman by biking to work. Plus, it's not in my taper plan to bike an extra 18 miles a day.

Focus for the rest of the week - quality sleep and race focus. I have goals in mind and I need to keep them at the forefront until I cross that finish line. I've been visualizing the race over and over in my head over the past week. I think I am as ready as I will ever be. I don't care about the weather - I'm going to swimbikerun 140.6 miles whether it is sunny or it is pouring (I just hope for my parents' sake that it is not pouring - it will be an unpleasant IM spectating experience if this year is a repeat of 2008).

Now it's time to get some of that quality sleep I was talking about.

5 comments:

Jennifer Harrison said...

YAY CAROLINE, time to RACE and kill it. You are so ready! CAN't WAIT to watch you on Sunday! :))

tri-ing races not cases said...

I'm so excited for you!!! YOU are going to be awesome in Placid - flying up those Bears! OOh and I love Mirror Lake. Am hoping for sunny skies for you (we volunteered the year of the monsoon). WHOOT WHOOT! Almost time to RACE!

Gina said...

I am looking forward to cheering you on, Caroline!! And I'll be in run special needs from 4-9 PM with Carol and Jeff.

Caroline said...

Thanks Jen! Bethany, thanks for the words of encouragement, it should be fun! Gina - I can't wait to see you in Placid!! I will look for you guys at run special needs! We're all going to be wearing our Strike Out MS kits, look for the orange and blue not Team Z green.

Katie said...

Wow, look at you! Tons of good luck this weekend, and I'll cross my fingers for some great weather!