I meant to post a blog as soon as I passed to let everyone know that I had still been training hard and was looking forward to the big day, but Jennifer and I went on a little vacation to the Upper Pennisula of Michigan for a long weekend. We decided to take our teardrop camper and stay at KOA's. Our first stop was in Mackinaw City for a day at Mackinac Island. The ferry ride over to the island was pretty awesome. I had gone before, but it was a first for Jenn.
|Did you know that they are stripping the paint off the bridge |
because there are too many layers, and it is becoming too heavy?
|It's sketchy riding a tandem with one hand and snapping a pic with an SLR camera with the other...|
|Me trying to be all "artsy"|
|Lake Huron was COLD!|
|We took a nap on this bench and then posed for a pic. |
Notice the remnants of Jenn's bruise from falling off her bike a couple weeks ago. (Click for a closeup)
|Jennifer standing in front of "The Grand Hotel"|
The next day, we went to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and did a bit of hiking. It was a little boring, but we still had fun. We threw on our swimsuits to taking a dip in Lake Superior, but when we got down there, the water was really cold and the flies were TERRIBLE! We grabbed a quick pic, and then left.
We had plans of grandeur to stay the night and go to Tahquamenon Falls the next day, but 30 minutes after we arrived and set up camp at our KOA, the skies opened up let loose with rain! We had a nice canopy that we ate some delicious haystacks under, but the teardrop leaked in three places. We had a little discussion and decided to pack it up and hit the road back to Berrien Springs. We realized that we were just lengthening our vacation because we HAD to be away from home. In reality, we wanted to chill at the house and do stuff that we've wanted to get done for the past couple months. Seven hours later, and 4am, we arrived and went to sleep. It's nice to be back home!
So, on the training front, I've still been cranking away. I rode the Steelhead course last week and put in a solid 19.5mph. I followed it with a little brick run. Then, after getting home, Jenn wanted to go another 35, so I ended up with 91 miles for that day. Not bad! I've been putting in some decent runs like my 9 miler on Monday. I've found a really great method to run/walk, since I'm expecting that I'll have to do that at Steelhead. I run as far as I can until it sucks, then I walk ONE tenth of a mile and run the rest of the mile, repeating as necessary. It's working really well for me, and I'm narrowing down my realistic goal for this 70.3. I've been swimming quite a bit too including a mile swim this week with another solid swim the next day. I did an OWS in Lake Michigan a couple weeks ago as a storm was coming in, so it was great practice getting tossed in the waves. The lake is really warm right not, so Jenn and I might go out without wetsuits this weekend for a swim.
I'm praying for the weather to be amazing on race day as everyone does, but look what the 10 forecast looks like. If it can stay that way for two more days, than it's gonna be a GREAT race!
I'm not only getting excited about this race, but I'm REALLY excited to meet some awesome bloggers that will be racing with me. Hopefully Kevin @ Ironman by Thirty, Mary @ Tri Like Mary, and Erika @ This Spartan Will will still be around after they finish, take a shower, read a book, etc., so that they can see me finish too! I will post about what I expect as far as finishing time in a soon coming post. I'm not all that nervous, because I know I've spent the last six months training with LOTS of time in the saddle, some new shoes because I ran the old ones out, and many hours swimming laps in the pool. It's going to be awesome to see it all come together. Want to see my new kicks? I'll put them in the next post. ;)
Thanks for reading!