Friday, April 27, 2007

The Count Down is ON!!!

Yikes, I have been fighting the urge to throw up all day. I don't expect this to leave me anytime soon before the race. yipppeee...
Here is a breakdown of what I've been up to:

Sunday April 22:
Had to work a 12 hour shift today. Got home and changed into my tri suit, met up with my friend and swam the 1K lagoon distance. It was funny because I got stung on my right shoulder blade by an anemone, jellyfish or something… it wasn’t that bad but enough for me to mistake the bubbles made by my down stroke as rushing HUGE jellyfish. Yeah, I’m a freak. After the first 1 or 2 startles I figured out what it was and relaxed a bit…. Until Mr. Sea Turtle, who was calmly hanging out underneath me decided to move and again startled me. I don’t know why I felt so jumpy in the water. I think because it was getting dark out and my swim partner was quite far behind me (she is only comfortable doing the breast stroke….which is fine, but it is just going to take her a lot longer to finish the swim portion.

So, after the swim I went for a quick 3 mile run, before totally crashing at home.

Monday April 23:
Had to work a 12 hour shift today. Since my friend and I had adjusted the front derailleur I wanted to go out and try my new configuration. It was still not right. Too many things going on when I tried to shift, it was loud, clanky and anything BUT smooth. I got 3 laps out of he bike before going home frustrated. Dang.

Tuesday April 24th:
Day off from work and day off from training. I made homemade Pizza, cleaned up around the house and had some girls over to watch a chick flick called “The Holiday”.

Wednesday April 25th:
Day off from work. Talked to my bike racer friend back home and he helped me fix my front derailleur on the phone. It was all crazy and we were doing it over a few thousand miles with the help of some emailed pictures and one person’s years of experience. (the other was basically just a monkey turning a screw this way a little bit, then that way a little bit)

Finally when bike repair was done, I had to go to the pharmacy to pick up my pre-race anti-inflammatory medications (I love you generic mobic)

When I got home my Rommie and I decided to swim to first buoy and back, work through our transition (uh, gotta shave a little off that 4min transistion time), and then bike 3 laps on airstrip. We also wanted to get back in time to catch the live concert at the beach.

Thursday April 27th:
My left shoulder was a little sore. Only 3 days until race day, so I decided to sit this one out. My roomie and another friend hit the lagoon for a 1K.

Today my Awesome Sister sent me a package containing Power Gel in some yummy flavors and two gourmet peanut butters for a post race meal. My roomie and I have already thought about having a pancake/waffle party to enjoy the special Peanut butter/ Dark Chocolate spread and the Peanut Butter/Cinnamon/Raisin spread. Ohhhh yum! Thanks Vic.

3 more days. I am nervous. I feel like throwing up. I know I can do it and I am not “scared” of the event nor do I think “ I can’t do this” – on the contrary, I know I can… but still the nerves put my stomach into knots. Send good wishes and prayers my way… if you can specify in your prayers,….no winds, calm waters and cool evening temperatures would be a big help. Just if you can….


Vic said...

You're welcome; glad they got to you in time.

I ate 6 TBS of the dark chocolate yesterday. But this is why I run. So I can eat ANYTHING I WANT.

You failed to mention that the PB is "all natural" and therefore good for you... :)


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

With all that training you've been doing I just know you'll rock! I'm so proud of you! These days the most exercise I get is lugging kids around. . . .

I love you and will be thinking and praying for you.

Amanda said...

Thanks for the good wishes and prayers guys!! I am excited and nervous at the same time. Pray for no winds and calm waters :)

Cici said...

I wish I could be there to cheer you on! What an accomplishment to train for such an event no less DO IT! I have ordered, calm, animal free waters, no winds, pain free joints and a derailler that shifts as smooth as silk! Can't wait to hear all about it and see pictures. You are always in my prayers.

Victoria said...

So how did it go, sis? I can't wait to hear the details.


Anonymous said...

PICTURES please!