‘Twas the night before Ironman Maryland

First we rebuilt my bike, thank goodness for Bill.

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Next, I got my bags figured out. This was my demise at IM CDA, so I took a lot of extra time revisiting this and feel good about my fueling/hydration plan.

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We then took my bags and bike to the mandatory drop off.

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Rocked my Mizuno shoes and jacket with my TriMafia tee!

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The weather is still utter chaos, with flooding, super choppy water and threats of thunderstorms.

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Then we checked out Crabby Maryland.

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And had a late lunch at the Suicide Bridge Resturant which as you might guess has a crazy history. Read about it here.

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Then a little shopping with my hubby, followed by a lot of relaxing and hydrating, trying not to overthink the weather. Here goes nothing!!!

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Athlete Check-In & The Weather!!

Maryland weather is a tad crazy!!!

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Do you see these swells? And the standing water everywhere? I guess the bike route is flooding… Fingers crossed that things clear up.

Athlete check-in today!

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Check out all the swag!!

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Afterwards we had some of this amazing crab everyone is talking about. Seriously yummy. (And some spicy calamari and dessert!!)

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Then a nice soak in the jacuzzi tub, right in our room. Isn’t my hubby sweet to think of that?!

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What an adventure…

Wow. So what was supposed to be a pretty simple, two-leg flight, starting at 12:00 our time and landing 11:30pm there time ended up being a much crazier experience.

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When attempting to land in Washington DC, the weather was too bad. So they had us in a “holding pattern” to wait out the storm… no go. Instead we were re-routed to Detroit. What the heck?!? Where we waited until 2am.

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Then at 2am we re-loaded the initial plane and went to DC. Because of this, the place we rented the car wasn’t open until 5:30am. So, we took a shuttle from the airport around 4:30am and sat and waited downtown DC for our car until 5:30am.

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Which was still a two hour drive to our hotel… thankfully Bill drove. So I did nap during that part. We arrived at our hotel at 8:30am…

Wow… what an experience.

Packing for Maryland

Packing for Maryland and for flying to Maryland was a touch more difficult than packing for CDA. Primarily getting my bike across the country… Disasssembling my bike (although I will confess that I did very little to help, as my hubby did all the work) was a nightmare!!

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But the Thule Case that we used, had excellent instructions and worked out super well.

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Anyways, this is what my amazingly stuffed Ogio Rig 9800 looked like!

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And my list of favorite essentials!!

  1. Obviously my 3 Ogio bags
  2. Kestral Talon Bike
  3. The Thule Bike Case
  4. Nuun Energy
  5. Infinit Nutrition
  6. Garmin Felix 3
  7. Velocity TriMafia Kit
  8. Compression sleeves & socks by Zensah
  9. Mizuno Running Shorts
  10. Mizuno Running Tank
  11. Mizuno Hitogami 3 Shoes
  12. Flip belt
  13. Smith Optics Overtake Helmet
  14. Smith Optics Pivot Lock Sunglasses 
  15. Goggles
  16. Wetsuit

And here are all of our bags, heading out!!

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Super Sunday Prep – Maryland Packing!!

This Sunday brings a whole new meaning to Sunday Prep!

  1. Prep packing list for the Ironman
    1. Gear
    2. Fuel
    3. Hydration
    4. Clothes
  2. Prep packing list for being in Maryland for an entire week
  3. Prep work to be gone for a week (although, having Dom there has lessened this task dramatically!!)
  4. Prep food and groceries for the kiddos to have everything they’ll need for the week
  5. Plan out flying/carryon to be on the plane for hours
  6. DO NOT LOSE MY SHIT

So far, so good. Ha!!

Well, easy training this weekend. Which was super weird. All of this energy is just building inside me. So, decided to tackle the long overdo yard work, and I must say, all this endurance training has made my yard working quite productive!!! Ha!

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The plan for this week:

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The final countdown…

These last two weeks are the hardest.

One, I am so ready to give my body some rest, it’s been a lot of work, and I can feel that my body is ready for a break. A real break. I’m sleeping more. I’m tired more. I’m just ready to have some rest.

Two, the nerves ramp up. The fears and anxiety. The what ifs. The worst case scenarios. And add on CDA and it’s intense. I need this race for redemption. I need this race to make all those hours, all that sweat and agony to mean something.

Three, starting taper. So all this nervous energy usually goes somewhere. I cope from the stress at work by leaving everything I’ve got in my training. So managing my stress is at a weak point right now. Add one and two, makes me on the brink of a total meltdown.

But, getting the work in. Only a handful of workouts lefts. And then it’s time to try again. To know that I’ve left everything I’ve got on the course. To fly home with no regrets. Ideally with that medal in my bag.

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