Sunday, August 21, 2011

Who stole my tailwind?

It's hard to believe that IMC is only 1 week away!  The time has really flown by since I signed up for the race; of course, it has only been about 7 weeks, but still!  Today was my last 'long' ride, which ended up being around 80km, with a short 20 min run off the bike.  Funny that 80km is not considered a long ride anymore - but it certainly was before for me! 

I didn't want to jinx it by saying something earlier, but now that all the long biking is done I can say it - the weather has been gorgeous for all my long rides on the weekends!  There was only 1 day that I had to do a long ride on the trainer (3 hours), and that was the very first weekend of my IM training in July.  All the other days have been warm and sunny, and I feel very fortunate and lucky for that, as you never know what you're gonna get here in Alberta in the summer. 

Today's ride ended up being on the most beautiful day this summer has seen - we reached 30C today for the first time since May 2010!  Today was so spectacular it nearly makes up for all those rainy and mosquito-infested days we have endured this spring/summer!  It was not without its wind, though, as the first 40km of my ride ended up being in a wicked tailwind, which meant the whole 40km back was a fierce headwind!  It was very challenging with the wind and heat, but another good opportunity to toughen up!  All my usual riding buddies were either away or racing today (as well as last weekend) so I was on my own today, just me and my I-pod!

This is one of my favorite roads for cycling: basically a 14km stretch of quiet road, where you normally only see a couple of cars go by.  It takes about 30km to get to this road, but it's worth it...

Enjoying the sunshine and heat on my solo ride!

Overall I've been feeling pretty good mentally and physically, but occasionally a thought will creep into my mind, like 'How am I going to get through 180km on the bike and THEN run a marathon', but I just push those thoughts away and be confident in my preparations.  Doubt and worry - the party's over, there's no room for you here!  It's undoubtedly going to be a long, tough day out there but I plan to enjoy the day and the experience and give it all that I have.  Anything can happen on the day so you have to be prepared to adapt to and deal with whatever obstacles arise, and just keep pressing on. 

Leaving on Wednesday...will update from Penticton!


mike said...

Lisa have a great race, an amazing day and kick some butt at IMC!!

Julie said...

Whoo-hoo!! See you there, girl!! :) :)