We got in on Wednesday night and it was CHILLY!
|From swimming to snowpile in 5 minutes. Someone is not impressed.|
Our dog has really taken a liking to the water. He made 4 trips to the lake on Thursday (plus he got a bonus trip on Wednesday night when we first arrived) and today Mr. Sweetie took him for a 3 mile run around the lake/town and then a 60 minute swim. Then this afternoon I took him for a walk around town before spending an additional 2+ hours at the lake swimming - he was shivering because he was so cold by the end but I still needed to drag him out. His favorite game was fetch the ball and then swim it halfway down the shore and leave it there, ignoring my commands to bring the ball back to me. Needless to say, I spent alot of time in the water retrieving the ball. There is something wrong with that picture. He also chewed on the tennis ball so much that he punctured holes in it and it sank. I retrieved it that time too. I think he is finally worn out now because he can't keep his eyes open. This is a good sign.
|Image of a happy dog|
|Stacey and I. Please note the impeccably-timed photobomb in the background from a man we do not know.|
I'm really looking forward to Ironman on Sunday. Normally I'm counting down the hours until it will be over and I can breathe a sigh of relief that I survived (and yes, I am counting down to when I get to enjoy the cake that has been ordered and champagne in a solo cup with one Jenny Gephart) but I am looking forward to doing the race itself and executing a smart day out there. This means not overriding the bike (I'm VERY good at overriding the bike. See: all of my most recent Ironman race reports) so I can have a decent run. The cooler temperatures will also work in my favor - I remember last year coming through town after my first loop and feeling absolutely cooked. Not the way you want to feel halfway through the bike on a very long day. I've also been thinking about the first time I learned about Ironman. I had just joined Team Z back in October/November 2007 and attended the holiday party that December where they showed a video they had made during the team's 2007 Ironman out in Coeur d'Alene. I cannot adequately describe all the feelings that video elicited, but I immediately got butterflies in my stomach and the idea of doing one of these races was planted in my head. Seeing the mass start, listening to the athletes' pre-race thoughts, seeing them race around the bike course and run around town and then cross the finish line. When I think about Ironman and why I want to do it, my mind always goes back to that video. I want to see what I am made of. I want to have an extraordinary day. Ironman is special and commands respect for the distance, breaks down barriers amongst competitors, and forces you to look inside yourself for motivation to keep putting one foot in front of the other and be your best self on this one day of the year.