My big plans for the week included getting as much rest as possible and trying not to stress. I even booked an appointment with my chiro for one last adjustment. I left Wednesday for Florida, which was nice to have some time to relax and not feel rushed getting everything ready for race day. Here is my last week of training before the race:
Sunday: Last brick! 21 easy miles on the bike followed by 4 easy miles running.
Monday: 25 laps in the pool. That’s it!
Tuesday: 6.3 miles with 6*200 untimed on the track to keep my legs from going to sleep.
Wednesday: 5 miles easy with my friend, Cathy, before I left for the airport. It was a little snowy, but beautiful. The 5 miles were slooooowww but nice!
Thursday: 3 miles in Florida along part of the bike course. Noticeable difference in oxygen and humidity! I ran 7:30s, feeling easy, but I was so sweaty! I had to check-in and get my race bags, chip, swim cap and other goodies by 5pm. Hung out at the expo for awhile.
Friday: 2 miles, watchless, to the finish line area, then 1 mile at goal pace, followed by 4*20 seconds of strides at the end. Bike check-in was from 10-3, so I spent most of the morning getting my bike ready. Took it out for 2-3 miles to make sure it was working properly. The weather forecast called for rain, so I also had to bring enough plastic to cover my bike seat and other places from the rain.
Saturday: RACE DAY!!! I’ll write up so more highlights later, but for now, I just wanted to thank all of you for your support and well-wishes. It was a long day, and I’m happy to say that I surpassed my time goal but quite a bit. Crossing the finish line of an Ironman is a pretty amazing feeling. I’ve done it one other time, and this one still felt as special as the first one!