Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Tying it all together

Well, there are 70 some days and change left before the "big dance" (as I like to call it). Up to this point I have a couple things left to do on my checklist as far as logistics go (and a few are big ticket items).

Bike Box/Travel Case, basically money issue
Money for shipping the bike on the flight
Last night's hotel room in Spokane before I leave back to Atlanta
Rental car for last day in Spokane
(And then the miscellaneous items... food, lots of IM memoribilia and clothing, etc)

I have enough money to knock out items 2, 3, and 4. I am very happy that at this point the only thing I originally charged in this endavour (which I have since paid off) was my Ironman Entry fee.

BTW I did complete the ING Georgia Marathon on March 29th, 2009 (My father's birthday and my training partner James as well). I will probably post some kind of race report in the next few days, but it won't be too serious, as I will probably have to go back to the race map to evoke a few memories of the actual race. I have put every other race report on here, so why stop now???

A new blogger emailed me the other night and asked me to check out her site, and I was sooo excited! We all need to welcome her to the community!

Valerie Triathlon

Her first triathlon is in May. I love it when people find their way to the triathlon life. I almost kind of feel like a missionary sometimes. I have gotten a few friends into it, and even more just interested in the sport, if not to compete.

I am way behind on my bike miles, but James and I are focusing on the bike for the next month (beginning last week) culminating in what might end up being my first century ride the beginning of May. Here is the link for the Century ride, so if any of you in the southeast need to get one of these under your belt early in the season, and you have enough miles in, this might be a good choice for you. I need it, even if I am a bit behind on my mileage. I have now swam 2.4 miles multiple times (albeit in a pool), and I have officially run a marathon in with my long runs. Why not cap off training with a century ride?

Cheaha Challenge Century Ride

Next few weeks are going to be challenging at work (while affecting my training schedule), this week being the worst. Scott, one of my employees is going back to school, as he never finished his undergraduate degree. His last day was today. One of my other employees, is on vacation. Because of the position they are both in, it has and will put an enormous amount of stress on my training and work this week, and after next week, tail off just a bit until I can find someone to replace Scott. But we endure, which is what makes us great!

I hope all of your training efforts are going great... I need to catch up on your blogs as well. Keep it up!



Valerie said...

Thanks for the warm welcome! I am really excited about the tri-life! I am sick at the moment, so my training is at a bit of a dead halt. How much do bike box/travel cases cost?

Andy said...

You really don't want to know... it might be cheaper in the long run (if most of your races are driving distance) to get a roof/trunk rack. Otherwise, used....200 new 400

Jess said...

I never thought of the cost of shipping a bike to a race. Man, that must get pricey! I'm glad my running shoes fit in my carry on ;)

Valerie said...

Ouch! Well I'm a newbie. It might be something to invest in a couple of years when I am an experiened triathlete.