Saturday we travel to NH to compete in the Timberman 1/2! This will be my third Timberman, my sixth half Ironman, and my twenty-second triathlon.
I feel like I have done more triathlons that that, but I just counted them up, and that is the number--21 so far: four in 2007, seven in 2008, six in 2009 and three so far in 2010.
The breakdown of that 20:
Eight sprints, sixth Olympics, five Halfs and two Full IM.
Fascinating, huh? Should I count up my road races now? Just kidding. That would take a month...
I am psyched to race this weekend. I have been dragging in mojo-land a bit for the last few weeks, but I think I'm ready to roll for this race. Jen keeps assuring me that my endurance is there--that it doesn't just evaporate overnight--and that I have done the work to keep myself sharp. I am choosing to believe her because 1. She has been at this game longer than me and knows her stuff and 2. Why not? It doesn't do me much good to not believe her, now does it?
So I am going to hammer this puppy. I plan to swim hard, bike hard (although I do have a wattage cap and I will not go super-threshold on those stinking hills! I did learn something, Kurt!) and I will hammer the run (although I will not take it out too fast--I promise, Jen.) I'm going to nail my nutrition: 1 gel at the start and 8 gels during the event, three bottles of water/sports drink and sports drink (what are they serving now? I can't remember) at all running stops that don't include intake of a gel. (Nine gels... argh..... I did get some new flavors, Thank God. Have you ever tried Pineapple?)
Anyway, it will be an awesome race for me. I know it.
I think I might be most psyched for this race because Andy is doing it. Naturally I've always wanted Andy to become a triathlete, but I didn't think it would happen. Truthfully, it still may not. He is a runner first (wait, have a bragged yet about how he has run a 2:41 marathon??) , but lately he has discovered bike racing and I think that will take off as the new obsession/true love for him. If I can get him to do a few tris each season I will be a happy camper, though. He will do great at Timbeman if he doesn't fry himself on the bike. He is a great runner--and will reel people in big time if he keeps a little gas in the tank. It will be fun to see. HOPEFULLY, I will able to watch him finish because my wave starts 20 minutes ahead of his. I will use the thought that he is going to pass me any minute on the run to motivate me. If he passes me on the bike I may have to spit at him, though.
Andy and I celebrate our 11th anniversary on Saturday, so our 1/2 is kinda sorta a way to celebrate. Those of you who are married longer than a few years know it is a big deal to make it to eleven. We have both grown and changed a lot in the last 15 years since we got together. Sometimes those changes went over well--sometime not so much. But we have made it this far--and we are racing together on Sunday. Not many couples race together. Have you noticed that? It is one or the other conceding to the lifestyle, and not necessarily embracing it. Andy gave me racing--he brought it to me. He did not know the monster he was creating when he first brought me down to the Brew Run in 1995...
but thank you, Andy. It was a big gift.
Anyway, enough gooey sentiment. In four weeks we will get out real anniversary present. We are getting our two new pups. Andy and I raised our first two puppies together--saw them through their lives--and then their deaths. We are starting again now. That seems symbolic to me. Oh wait, more goo. Sorry.
Okay.. none of this has anything to do with Timberman. IN SHORT. I plan to race like a superstarrrrr....
My prediction is that Ange will not only win our AG, but also be the first female amateur.
I have a whole ton of friends racing... Mel, Kim, Rob, Keith, Jana, Suzy, Kevin (I'm thinking Kevin will be first amateur out of the water--and he will beat many pros, too, though probably not Potts). Also Jon and Mandy will be racing--who I haven't met but who are bloggy friends. Hmmm. I feel like I am missing people. Sorry if I missed you. It will be a partA for sure.
Okay, and just one more thing about the Smurf stuff. This morning I was reading the Portland Press Herald article on the B2B 10K that my mom saved for me. In it Rob--of smurf commenting fame--was quoted because he was the third Mainer to finish. All I could think was wow--wouldn't it have been a great story if he HAD been one of the Smurfs? SMURF finishes 10K road race in 31 flat!! Anyway--
Holy smokes that's fast!!
Also wanted to give a shout out to Joanie and David. You guys are great organizers, andthe B2B is always a great race. Thanks.
I figure if the Smurfs read my blog, maybe they do too, you know? And David, if you do read this, you should be in touch. Can you get on FB already?