Saturday, August 17, 2013

Making a list and checking it twice...

...or not.  I need to get on that.  For previous races I had the lists done by now.  In fact, I probably had them done weeks before taper.  What to bring, what to think about, notes for CR, hotel info, find the cowbells.  You know, EVERYTHING.  This time around I am not even sure I know where all my stuff is which might be a problem.  My habit for packing lately has been toss everything into the car and sort it out later.  I can't do that for this race as it would take hours at the hotel making heads and tails of what I have (and of course I would likely forget something important).  Funny how disorganized I feel this time around considering the one favorite tip I give to everyone is to pre-pack your race bags before you leave the house.  It saves a ridiculous amount of time and is one less thing to do once you get there.   I am going to have to get on that this weekend!  Running out of time...

No crazy Ironman dreams yet.  For my first race, I dreamed I crossed the line in 13:23:23.  My actual time was 13:25:05.  Had I realized I was so close I would have sped it up a bit to gain some psychic ability cred.  If I have a premonition for this race, you will be the first to know.

Still obsessing over the weather.  I looked back at my blog posts from the last race in October and I was a little bummed that the forecast was calling for 84.  A little too hot for my taste.  For Louisville, 84 sounds pretty great considering the reputation the race has for being so HOT.  I have been looking at the forecast off and on but it is still too early to tell.  It is a balmy 65 here today.  YES I still live in Atlanta and it is August.  You see why I am having trouble feeling like I have acclimated to the heat!

In other (related) news...  Did you all see that Chattanooga was selected as the newest Ironman race destination?  I could not be more excited!  Asheville, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach were all also in the running and would have been great choices too.  I had told CR that Louisville would be my last - cross off doing an ironman branded race from the list and all but Chattanooga is so close.  And lovely.  And would be awesome to get to for riding the course in advance of the race.  A two hour trip from home, it really can't be beat.  Somehow they managed to find the flattest roads in the area for the race course which is shocking to me.  (the course is somewhere around 2100 feet of climbing.  crazy.)  I expected more of a hilly course.  I am not complaining about it one bit. Can't wait to register!

...and with those bits of rambling thoughts I will leave you ...  I have bags to pack and lists to make.  (...and laundry, dishes and...).

Have a great weekend!

 

  

7 comments:

Matthew Smith said...

I think I need you list of what to bring! I've hear that the way to go is to pack everything in bags before you leave, but I still have to figure out what to pack!

I really think you're gonna beat me on race day! I've been readjusting my goals all throughout training, and I think that realistically, I'm looking at a 13:30 or something in that range. I wouldn't be too surprised if it were faster or slower.

I'm obsessing about the weather too and going between weather.com and accuweather.com every few hours to see if it changed. Right now, one says 83 and the other says 93. I'll take 83 any day!!!

Ironman Chattanooga makes me mad, because I would totally rather do that than Louisville! :( I wish I could have trained for next year instead. It's doubtful I'll do it, but I might have to go up there to cheer you on!!!

Enjoy the last week!

ajh said...

You are really into the Ironman distance. I am so impressed. Unimaginable in my world.

Carolina John said...

Yea that's how B2B is for me. Only 2 hours away from raleigh, glorious ironman. I might not be able to pull off Nooga for 2014, but I'll be there in 2015 for sure.

Louisville is close! You're going to love it. They totally handle the athletes with kid gloves in the branded races.

B.o.B. said...

What's a list? And why don't I ever have time predicting dreams?

steena said...

Good luck! Can't wait to read about it!

lindsay said...

If I actually make a list I don't actually follow through with it... Good luck packing. I'm definitely a "throw it in and if you forgot it you can always buy it" person.

Jenn (junkmiles.org) said...

That bike course is flatter than Augusta....I couldn't believe it!! But I'm DONE training for the full over this summer...it is too damn hot down here....I think I'm shooting for IMTX next....gradual acclimation and race day is whatever the weather has been the weeks preceding...

Ok, and uh...I already hav "lists" going and I don't race till Nov...type A maybe???
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