O.M.G. Yesterday will go down as one of the most SHOCKING days of my life (right up there with the day I found out I was expecting TWO babies instead of the most likely ONE!).
As many of you know, it’s getting close to tri-time…Ironman 70.3 Racine is only 3 weeks away. For the past 17 weeks, I have been following my training program, as well as possible, to prepare myself for this epic event (and ONE TIME ONLY) event on Sunday, July 15th. It was suggested this past week, that I venture to Racine and into Lake Michigan to become “one” with the water and my wetsuit. So, that is what I did on this lovely summer weekend.
And for the first time, I am now having SERIOUS DOUBTS as to weather I can do this race. The water temp in Racine yesterday at 8am was 50 degrees! Yes, 5-0. OMG! I FREAKED OUT! It was SO COLD. I was freeeeeeeeezing in my weh-weh-weh-weh-wetsuit (teeth chattering). Even peeing in it (a lot!) did not warm me up much (I know, too much information, but at least I’m honest AND I was desperate). It was a complete nightmare and total shock. I was only able to tolerate 30 minutes of swimming….if you want to call it that – more like water ballet for a few moments followed by a several minutes of freak-out-swim-spasms. And it’s going to take me a lot longer than 30 minutes to swim 1.2 miles!
Of course I was not stupid enough to go on this adventure alone. Thanks to my 2 other buddies that survived the frigid waters as well….and a GREAT BIG THANKS to my ONE buddy who thought this would be a FABULOUS idea to better prep us for the race. Honestly, I am now more UNPREPPED, mentally, than ever.
Today’s 11 mile run, and short swim (in the pool thank you very much) were much more encouraging than yesterday’s endeavor. And tomorrow’s 3 hour bike ride and 1 hour run will be a breeze compared to yesterday morning. The true test will be my next swim in Lake Michigan…and not sure exactly sure when that is going to happen. But it will DEFINITELY not happen until I have my new neoprene booties on my feet 🙂
So, if you are looking for me over the next 3 weeks, please know I am alive….and truly questioning whether I am well. If you have any FREAK OUT remedies, those are greatly appreciated….please post them here. HELP!