I finished packing my race gear and gave it to the man-friend for him to take up to Idaho in his car. He's driving and took off Friday to spend a wonderful summer weekend in Jackson and continue on to Boise on Sunday afternoon. He will be spending Monday through Thursday at his cabin until he picks me up at the Spokane airport on Thursday night.
After a nice lil pool conversation with a friend today, I realized I should probably describe what getting ready for a triathlon means and what I'll do with all my gear on race day since a few of my readers are not triathletes.
Swim. Bike. Run. This pretty much describes a triathlon, but there's also race morning, transitions and post-race. These last 3 "legs" are as important as the other three and require as much preparation. So now, down to business:
1. Race morning: The morning of my race I pretty much follow the same routine. I wake up, jump in the shower and try to relax. I usually do something special with my hair, like braid it or come up with something that'll keep the hair out of my way, but still looks cute and girly. I like to feel girly on tough days. I wear my tri kit (I'll get to this later) but wear comfy pants and a sweatshirt. Sometimes a beanie (depending on how cold it's outside). I wear comfy warm socks and crocs.
|Priya and myself before leaving the house in CDA. Couple hours before the start of Ironman CDA 2011|
|Ironman CDA 2011 swim start - Full on contact sport.|
|Lake CDA ninjas!!|
|Transition area at Ironman CDA 2011|
|Someone please find my bag!!!|
|Yes, cycling gear makes you look like a clown. I understand that.|
6. Run: I like wearing clean, dry socks. Compression socks for longer runs (e.g. half marathon or longer). I also like running with a hat, but usually don't bring sunglasses. You also gotta carry your nutrition and a race belt with your number.
|Gorgeous afternoon for a run in Coeur D'Alene 2011|
|Oops... not this! Although this was warm!|
|Ah.. nice! Pants and sweatshirt!|