Race weekend is here!
Let's go back to November. Really, we need to go back further than that. We started running in April 2011, and almost immediately I got it stuck in my head that I wanted to do an Ironman. Nevermind that I hadn't run a 5K since high school, that's what I wanted to do. One of our friends originally planned to do Musselman this year to celebrate her 30th birthday, but she is doing the New York City triathlon instead. I still got the idea in my head to do this as our first 70.3 and in November last year we registered.
We started training for this race back in March, the week of March 11th to be exact. We've done the work, a little bit less than planned but I did make an aggressive marathon training plan and 70.3 training plan (we were training for both for 10 weeks).
Our total numbers (give or take for Mike) during 70.3 training were:
Swimming - 26.1 miles
Biking - 910 miles (not including our 20 miler for tonight)
Running - 407.6 miles
We had some highs, finishing my second and Mike's first marathon, and some lows, Mike's crash, but we've gotten through it all! We are stronger, mentally and physically (I always flex my "guns" at Mike and he laughs at me) than we were 18 weeks ago.
In this time period we have gone from low-end road bikes to fancy tri bikes, and we've also figured out how to clip in and clip out along the way (prior to getting the tri bikes). We swam in, shockingly, wetsuits for the first time on Wednesday (no picture though, sorry) and we've upgraded our water bottle systems on our bikes.
We also put our Lock Laces on our long distance running shoes last night.
The shoes are ready!
The only thing left to do is ride 20 miles and pack. Tomorrow we are spectating the Mini Mussel (the sprint triathlon) while cheering on our friends Sarah and Mark. Then we have to go to packet pickup and a pre-race briefing. We're also going to rack our bikes tomorrow night so we don't have to worry about that in the morning (and maybe sleep an extra 15 minutes).
Our partial packing list
We will be starting our 70.3 mile victory laps at 7:07am (me) and 7:12am (Mike) on Sunday morning.
I'm very excited for the journey to end in a celebration, and to start the next chapter of this story called life. This 70.3 is only going to lead us on to the next part of our Ironman journey!