Random musings and activities of a 30 something mom, potential sprint triathlete, vegetarian, dog and cat owner, and a evolving urban homesteader just trying to do the right thing in life for my daughter and the world around us. If the blog seems random, it's because life is and hits us all at 100mph.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009

PostHeaderIcon Funny Triathlon Conversation of the day!

I was asking a friend if he had ever used one of these or known anyone who had (I wanted to hold my inhaler)

His response?

" I think it'll hold it... It held my Zippo lighter and a half-pack 'O smokes during last month's Half Ironman race :)"

I about fell out of my chair laughing.

This might have been funnier for me than most, but thought I'd share.... I'm getting nervous about the race! I'm starting to think my lunchtime workouts aren't enough, and it's only 12 days away, not much I can do now.


Nemeweh said...

Ha! You're going to be great, just you wait and see.

Dave said...

Nemeweh is right. You are gonna do great - even better than you think. If you keep watching what the other people around you do when you're training or racing - copy when possible - you'll probably be doing the right thing.

Remember: Everything you want to accomplish on race day, you have already trained for.

You are ready. You've put in the training. You've put in the butt time in the saddle. You've put in the laps in the pool. You've put in the miles in your racing shoes. You are ready.

Now, with less than two weeks to go until race day, your agenda should be approx:

• Keep going hard, training this week like normal.

• Next week, start pulling back more and more, tapering your efforts to prepare for race day.

• Pack your gear early... like Thursday. Make sure you are racing in NOTHING NEW. All racing gear should be already broken in during your months of training (RULE #1: Never try out a new gear, nutrition or fluids on race day. Ever.)

• The day before, finish packet pick-up if poss. and go for a light 20 minute jog (it's just to stretch your legs and NOT a training effort.)

• On race day: Show up early - like 30 minutes earlier than necessary - to Transition, stow your bike, get your spot ready, get marked and chipped and use the restroom again (trust me...)

• After that... smile. You've already won the battle. It's race day and it's beautiful out. You are ready to go, you are have put in the training and you are very blessed to be there.


Have fun, enjoy the experience and again - have some FUN. Talk to people. Encourage those you pass (or that pass you by.) Thank the volunteers.

You're a triathlete now... meaning you're FAST.


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“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, an hour, a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it last forever.” ~~~Lance Armstrong

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." ~~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I like running because it's a challenge. If you run hard, there's the pain----and you've got to work your way through the pain. You know, lately it seems all you hear is 'Don't overdo it' and 'Don't push yourself.' Well, I think that's a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond." ~~~Bob Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers general manager, NHL Hall of Famer. (Will-Weber's "Voices From the Midpack" chapter.)

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.~~~Denis Watley

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly. ~~~Thomas H. Huxley (1825 - 1895)