Thursday, April 16, 2009

T minus 2.5 days!

This will probably be my last pre-race post. Wish me all kinds of luck, please.

While I still plan to do the race, my plans have changed completely. Unfortunately, there was an awful death in the family. Nick's sister died in a car accident Tuesday. The funeral is Saturday afternoon, and my race is Sunday morning about four hours away. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they try to get through this difficult time.

Because of the change in plans, I did not get on my bike this week, but I'm OK with it. I ran a bit today and was able to practice an open water swim Tuesday before I found out the horrible news. Kayle and I met halfway between us and put on our wet suits (first time) and open water swam (first time)! It was freaking cold, and it was really weird to us how the water infiltrated the suit slowly and coldly. (My quote: "It's like I'm peeing cold," as the cold water ran down my leg.) At first, I was completely overwhelmed by being in such a large space, where frankly, I couldn't see underwater because of all the nasty. It was really difficult to adjust, and I was getting there when we got out. I still think the swim Sunday will prove a little challenging in that regard. I'm glad we got that practice in.

After my run this evening I am done training. If I don't have it by now, I probably won't have it. I actually haven't done a lot of transition work, so I think I'll still watch some videos and practice taking my wet suit off. There's just now a ton extra stuff going on.

Unfortunately, I don't think Nick will be coming to the race anymore. He's planning on staying with his family another night. I'm not going to say I'm not disappointed, I was really hoping to see him as I crossed the finish line, plus I think I deserve a kiss, if I don't vomit that is. But I know that if he needs to be in Tulsa, that's where he should be. I don't fault him, and he doesn't fault me for leaving town Saturday.

Finally, my goals:
1) Finish the triathlon. If this happens, it's a total success.
(My other two, I must say, I think will be challenging. I'm not actually sure which will be more likely to happen, so they are in no particular order.)
2) Finish the race, having run the entire 3.1 miles.
2) Finish the race in less than 2 hours, including transition time.

Wish me luck and keep us in your thoughts and prayers!

I just may be a triathlete when you see me next!

4 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

GOOD LUCK, you will do great. Make sure you post your race report!!!

http://gokristen.wordpress.com said...

Good luck! You will do great! You should taper anyway.
And you should let the water get into the wetsuit, that is how it works. You let water in, a thin layer is between your wetsuit and skin and your body heat warms up that water layer and you get all toasty.
So if you can, before the race, walk in the water and get some water between your suit and skin...it will be cold but TOTALLY worth it!

dfalv38 said...

Jessica,
Good Luck tomorrow.You'll do great!

The Gordons said...

I hope you did great on your race today!! I'm so sorry about Nick's sister! I just started a blog, and I am a triathlete too! Check it out! http://teenagetriqueen.blogspot.com