|The two weeks before taper. That's some crazy shit right there.|
There are a few logistical things to work out - like I hope the gear bag thing described in the athlete's guide makes more sense once I have my hands on them! And we have to decide if my family will come watch the start/swim/T1 or if I need to scam a ride from someone to get to the start/shuttle bus on race morning. But I'm physically ready, I'm excited, and my race outfit is clean* and ready to go, so pretty much I'm all set.
*very important so the Iron Canucks cheer squad will recognize me! I want those cheers and encouragement!
|There's something about putting on a team uniform that just makes you feel about 3 times more badass on race day.|
The training really couldn't have gone any better. Sure, in an ideal world I'd have gotten in more swimming, and some of the run workouts were skipped, or cut short, or didn't go very well, but overall? I came through with no injuries, and I feel strong and fit and ready to rock this thing. Or at least finish it successfully!
|Early morning at the race site/flatwater centre|
|Photo via Coach Nancy|
On the bike, I'm as ready as I'll ever be. Especially confidence boosting were a 60k race pace/12k brick run workout, a 90k flat ride on part of the course, and a 110k solo ride a few weeks ago. I can now ride 90k+ and get off the bike feeling pretty good! I have a nutrition and hydration plan. I need to remember to shift my position around a bit when I eat, because 90k in aero gets a bit uncomfortable, but the ride should be a good one.
|Welcoming committee after a brick run|
|This has nothing to do with anything but what a rainbow that was!|
|Current Welland forecast. It could be a lot worse!|
Now I'll be resting up, going over my race day checklist a million times to make sure I have everything, and generally getting nothing else done because YOU GUYS I'M GOING TO DO A HALF DISTANCE TRI! For anyone who will be at the race on Sunday, good luck if you are racing, and if not, and you spot me, please do give me a cheer and some encouragement - especially on the run. I will appreciate every single one!