The alarm went off around 6 on Saturday morning so we could get ready for a very busy day! The first stop was Peak Performance for a 2.5 hour series of lectures on physiology, injury prevention, and Augusta 70.3 course strategies!
|We packed the house!|
|Wonderful way to start the day!|
The first one is the runner's stretch (AKA the calf stretch). I've been doing it WRONG for more than 5 years now! Goodness sakes! Also, the PT that was speaking encouraged us to stretch in all 3 dimensions, not just front and back. That's going to revolutionize my stretching routine (and reinforces why yoga is so good for triathletes!).
The second one is something the other PT said (and I tried to type out the entire quote but didn't get it all down) about understanding your physiological response to each individual sport. I think that's part of why I still struggle so much with cycling. I don't know what I FEEL like well enough when I'm cycling. When I run and when I swim, I know exactly how long I can keep on going with how I'm currently feeling. I know that I start off slowly and feel miserable, but as I keep going I feel better and stronger. I know my body so well with running that I can pretty much tell you the exact mileage where it all falls into place. But I don't know myself that well with cycling yet. I guess it will simply take time to get to that point.
After the seminars were over, we drove back over to the transition area and carpooled up to the swim start again. This time there were well over 100 of us in the water, and the river was full of debris from the previous night's storm! But they were very prepared for us! There were at least 10 kayakers and a dive team in place to keep us safe!
|I'm not sure I'm actually in this picture, but I was out there!|
|Hmm, now I'm wondering if this particular picture is from Friday night? Regardless, it's awesome so enjoy it!|
Came out of the water and got ready for the run. We were all taking off together so it wasn't a true brick, but that was OK. I was planning to do a race simulation on the run so I had my hydration belt all ready to go. I took 2 bottles of Nuun, a spare Nuun tablet to refill with, 2 packages of Honey Stinger Chews, and a tube of chapstick. The course had water and I planned to refill as necessary. I also set out for the 4/1 intervals I have been practicing (pretty sure I'm giving up on the 10/1 intervals). I did not pause my Garmin during stop lights or the water stops because I won't be able to pause the clock on race day!
|There I am messing with my Garmin!|
|And, we're off! I was towards the front for about 90 seconds! :D|
I had done the course last month, but this time I was going to do both loops so I could mentally prepare myself. Yeah, it's boring and it's going to be sort of hard and hot. But I understand the course is lined with folks on race day and my parents will be there to cheer me on, so I think the adrenaline will power me along.
During the 2nd lap, I noticed that a lot of folk had dropped out and gone back to transition. Thankfully, a local friend (who I'd only really known on Facebook by seeing her name around LOL) was right behind me. At the water stop, we realized we were pretty much the last ones out on the course, so we decided to stick together. It made the end of the run go by much more quickly to have some company - so thanks, Amy! :)
We got back to the transition area and I convinced Amy to get in the water with me to cool down our legs (and the rest of our bodies) in the makeshift ice bath! Oh, that felt SO good! I need to do that at home more, I suppose.
Headed back to the hotel to meet up with my roomie and get cleaned up for the club social and dinner. My appetite had not yet kicked in despite it being nearly 3 PM. It was a little unnerving so I took some Gatorade with me to sip on. I was afraid I was dehydrated. I ate a little of the food at the social, and then we went to a fun local restaurant in Augusta where I had chicken tenders and fries that didn't even taste good to me. Not sure if it was the restaurant, or if the workout had sucked it all out of me. I'm not one for thinking that my food was "too bland"! LOL
Back to the hotel early, and thankful we missed out on the round of thunderstorms that threatened to cut our workouts short. But the forecast for Sunday's ride was NOT looking good. I just kept my fingers crossed and prepared to ride in iffy conditions on Sunday.
That story will have to wait for later tonight or tomorrow! :)
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