Thursday, July 9, 2009

With less than 18 days to go...


This showed up in my email last night. I got all queasy reading through it. Can I really get through the first loop of the bike course by 1:30? The second by 5:30? The math in my head just isn't adding up to me making any of the cut offs. I better swim damn fast.

Thank you all for your encouraging words (yes, D, even yours helped!) I will show up for race day and give it the ol' college try. I think my mantra will be "Forward Progress." If I keep moving, I'm getting closer to the 140.6 mile marker. All I can do is give it my best, knowing that it will be a long day.

In the training I've been doing since getting home from Europe, I've been working hard on truly finding my groove on the downhills and I think I'm much improved over where I was just after Torturefest. My bike computer has said my maximum speed on my Blue Ridge ride last weekend was 35mph so I have gained speed somewhere. When not physically exhausted by jet lag, my climbing is good--I spin spin spin up the hills and have silly conversations with Marit in my head. (She tells me to "Push and Pull" and I ask her where the cupcakes and beer are.)

Now I'm off to ride my bike...paying the penance for not having biked enough in Europe!

9 comments:

Molly said...

LOL at the conversations with Marit. How about I sit there yelling at the computer on race day and eat cupcakes and drink beer for you? :)

GoBigGreen said...

Ha is right. I think you need to have a talk with Marit and have Phil ( Liggit) and Paul ( Sherwin) pipe in.
Or even good ol' bobke can help with the post ride drinking.
Molly and I are All over the cupcakes and beer, you just take care of yourself:)

runningyankee said...

you've got one more computer yeller coming from NC!!
GOGOGO!!!

D said...

:) I'm glad. "You'll do great!" hahahah

ADC said...

You will do great. Can't wait to cheer on for you (from the comfort of my sofa :)))

Jennifer Cunnane said...

Cupcakes and beer sounds like good motivational tools. And martinis? I know you will pull through because you have substance, style and are tough to boot! Can't wait to hear details.....

Pedergraham said...

How about if I meet you on the run course with a cupcake and a beer to share? And then at the finish line with some more?

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Now we're speaking the same language.... :) Yeah - whenever I hit a hill, I adopt your mantra of "push pull push pull..." Works every time.

As for the cupcakes and beer? The food of the gods my friend, food of the gods...

Kim said...

You're almost there! Good luck.. I hope it goes so well. I have many people to root for that day! I'll cheer you on from teh computer!!