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.
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.
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.
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…
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!!
But the Thule Case that we used, had excellent instructions and worked out super well.
Anyways, this is what my amazingly stuffed Ogio Rig 9800looked like!
This Sunday brings a whole new meaning to Sunday Prep!
Prep packing list for the Ironman
Prep packing list for being in Maryland for an entire week
Prep work to be gone for a week (although, having Dom there has lessened this task dramatically!!)
Prep food and groceries for the kiddos to have everything they’ll need for the week
Plan out flying/carryon to be on the plane for hours
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!
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.