The big race day is in a little over five and a half days. Which means that yesterday – especially with the backdrop of live updates from IM Mont-Tremblant – was filled with thoughts of “a week from now, I will be jumping in the water/at mile 60 of the bike/running in the dark.”
It also means that every person I talk to asks me if I’m getting excited for the race.
What? Months and months of training later, and the race that I signed up for nine months ago is finally here – and I’m not excited?
Nope. Not really. I’m not sure why, but I suspect there’s no one reason. More like a combination of several piece of bad news that came in last week, loads of residual fatigue being shed during taper, and the sudden absence of the 4-8 hour weekend workouts that I’d come to love (really). Eventually, all of this will resolve itself, and I’ll be ready to race.
The race readiness probably won’t come too long before 7 am on Sunday, August 26, but that’s fine. I don't need it until then.
Monday: A 4500 meter swim in the morning, including many, many threshold 100s.
Tuesday: Rest day.
Wednesday: A 6.07 mile run commute in the morning, with 20 minutes at “ironman pace.” Does that mean I should have been limping/walking along at an 18:00/mile pace for race simulation purposes? Or was my 11-ish/mile pace more reasonable? Discuss.
Thursday: After waking up at 5 am for a bike workout and promptly hitting the ground when I tried to stand up, everything got a little mixed up. Took the day off work, tried to sleep, drank some coconut water, and eventually did a little over an hour of very easy spinning on the trainer when I felt better in the afternoon. Followed it up with a not-so-energetic 4000 yard swim before going back to bed for the evening.
Friday: Rest day, but back at work and mostly functional.
Saturday: The last weekend brick workout before IM Louisville included just over 33 miles of biking with Karen and Rachel, followed by a 20 minute run. Rounded out the day with a 2-mile open water swim practice in the evening.
Sunday: 6.1 mile “long” run to close out the last weekend before race day.