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Dua, run, bike, run . . a do run, run!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

OMG!!! I do not know if I will be able to sleep tonight!!!!!! In the morning I will pack my car and pack my cooler and head one hour south to pick up my friend and have lunch together and maybe pick up a few grocery items from Trader Joe's. Then we will travel another three hours south/west to check into our hotel room and pick up our RACE packets for the DUATHLON (bike/run)!!!!!!!!!!!

Just a couple days ago, I was so disappointed in myself for not training more seriously for this race and for over training in other areas that were making me feel run down and tired. After backing off the intensity of my cross training and getting a bit more sleep, I started feeling better. On Tuesday I had my last training run. I really needed the run portion to be good. Running after cycling is difficult. It feels like I have 10 lbs. sandbags strapped to my thighs. It messes with my mind. I feel slow and clunky. So I push myself too hard in the first mile trying to feel faster and lighter, which then makes my breathing labored and I get a stitch in my right side that will not leave and increases with each step.

So on Tuesday night, I told myself, it's all about fun. If you aren't having fun you can stop any time. I did a .6 mile warm up run, hopped on the bike and did 5 miles (the race will be 15) and then I took off for a 3.1 mile run. I kept coaching myself in the first mile to run slower than I thought I should be. Ignore the thighs, listen to the breath, slow it down, exhale and stop striving and pushing so hard, relax and flow. By the time I finished that little head game I was in mile 2. The running felt more relaxed and I had the run I needed to have to feel confident about the duathlon this weekend.

I really started getting excited about this race on Tuesday or Wednesday when I got an email about the schedule for the event. It said "All ATHLETES must have their numbers marked on their body and their timing chip before attending the mandatory pre-race meeting" Okay. Confession. All I heard was someone called me an athlete and said I get body art!!!! Hello!

This evening after work, I gave my bike a good check over to make sure everything was ready and loaded it on the bike rack . . . you would have to know me to realize that there is a bit of a possibility that I would get so focused on loading the car and packing food, that I could forget the bike. I would realize it a couple miles from the house, but still!

My race day bag is packed with jersey (matches my race partners . . . we have been nicknamed the Twinkies. . . which I'm kinda liking!) race shorts, running shoes and socks, helmet, hair accesories (pony holder and headband) . . . oh and lip gloss!

I have no idea about my fuel pre race, during the race or post race. I usually have these things so very planned out, but I don't have a clue this time!!! Why? IDK!!! I am not stressed over it and I'm not sure why I am not. I feel good. I am excited. And I just wanna have fun my first time out and not wreck!

I will be posting some pics and doing a recap!!!! I hope YOU have fabulous things planned for your weekend! Try something new. Challenge yourself in a new way! Last night I made myself try a headstand. Why? Because I hadn't done one in years and was curious to see if I could! I did! I was so pumped up!!! Just makes me wonder what else I might be capable of, if I really tried.

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    3451 days ago
    Have a blast and good luck! I know you will do awesome!! GO TEAM TWINKIE!
    3451 days ago
    I applaud you for trying new things. I always learn something about myself when I try something new and out of my element (comfort zone). Like agreeing to participate in a volleyball tournament, although I've never played. More poor team mates lol! Good luck can't wait to hear the report.

    I may be trying to organize a virtual duathlon for sparker marathoners, so keep your eye open for the tread.
    3451 days ago
    Amazing how fast it came up. Have fun and I can't wait to see the pic's!
    3451 days ago
  • TWALKER0475
    Good luck tomorrow! I know you're gonna have a great time...so glad you're head is in a better place about it than earlier in the week! I LOL'd at the "athlete getting body art" part! Can't wait to see pics/hear all about it!
    3451 days ago
    That's awesome! I can't wait to see the pictures and hear how you did! :)

    It seems it would be a bit easier to get the running done first, then hop on the bike. Just sayin' . . . ;)
    3451 days ago
    Du's are a good time,, Nice little event without that so annoying swim,, I love them,, you will be fine and you will do awesome my friend !! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3451 days ago
    "Confession. All I heard was someone called me an athlete and said I get body art!!!! Hello! "

    emoticon this!
    3451 days ago
    OH you are so great with all that enthusiasum. I want you to bottle it and send it here!!! I know you will have a great time and also do well, as you say it is fun and desire.
    Have a super weekend!!!
    3451 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I know you are capable of anything! Good luck & HAVE FUN!
    3451 days ago
  • NEWME0519
    Have an awesome weekend but most of all have tons of fun!
    3451 days ago
    Have fun! I'm looking forward to the pictures. Can't wait to see how a twinkie dresses!
    3451 days ago
    I am so happy to hear how excited you are for this race. After reading your blog about not training enough, I was worried that you wouldn't appreciate this race. I am so happy to hear that things worked out better. Have a super day. Think of us Sparkers at home who are eagerly awaiting your race report. You are an athlete!

    You've done the work, now its time to reap the rewards!
    Have a fabulous race!
    I can't wait to read all about it when you get back!
    3452 days ago
    Haha! When my chiropractor calls me an athlete, I smile inside and out. It reminds me that while I may be hurt, it's because I let myself forget I AM an athlete.
    3452 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Awesome! You sound really excited for your race, always good to have that energy you can use as a catalyst to succeed! Good luck!
    3452 days ago
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