In truth I was driving home from Orlando Monday so it wasn't gonna happen. Anyway - this week marks 18 weeks to go.
To get some hill practice we headed to Clermont Florida this weekend. It just so happened to be the coldest weekend of the year. So the training didn't go exactly as planned.
|Here we are ready to swim. It was pretty cold out still but we did it. Only about a half mile. Still we get brave points for not wussing out. We are in Florida after all. Winter is only 5 days long.|
The schedule was - Olympic distance brick Saturday. Long ride Sunday. The Olympic brick worked out fine. The Long ride Sunday was only 20 minutes long. It was only 38 degrees and apparently with wind chill it was in the 20s and at about 15 minutes we called it a day and didn't ride.
|This is my coach Sunday morning. The face mask was key. Also the heavy gloves are super important. It was my face and my fingers that were freezing right away.|
I also made a new friend. David who is racing Ironman France. That's good because I'll know somebody on the start line. He is much more ready than I am and to be honest he and I spoke about how I really might not make the finish which is true but I'm going to do my best to make it. He tried to scare me that I only had 15 hours but we checked and I have 16 hours so that's good.
Other good news included that I actually got a compliment from the swim coach Andrew. I am the only non-swimmer in the group which means I am the slowest by a lot. But last Wednesday he said, "your freestyle is looking good, very smooth." I did a mental fist-pump and proceeded to skip the Friday practice because it was the day after Valentine's day and seriously who can get up at 5 am after a late dinner? Not this girl that's for sure.
So last week in a recap I swam 6600 yards (go me!), about 6 hours on the bike and ran about 14 miles. My record keeping was a little off for the biking and running because I was so in a fog after the worlds hardest bike training session Thursday that I left my watch recording all afternoon. Oops.
In other cuteness - the reason we headed to Orlando / Clermont was for my biggest sprout's Gymnastics competition. She did very well. 7th in her age group and here she is showing off all her Blue Ribbons!
|She's so proud! And of course I'm super proud of her!|