My last big training weekend for Ironman is now over and I’m paying for it! I am have-to-walk-funny sore which I’m not sure I should be worried about or excited about. And can someone please explain to me why my elbows hurt so much?!? My last workout was a 4-mile quick hike up Mt. Si (approximately 3150 feet in elevation gain) with a quick jog back down.
With peak training over, I have turned my focus on fine tuning other aspects of race day. Tonight, that meant spending quality time practicing taking off my back bike wheel, changing a flat tubular, and putting it back on. I also practiced using Vittoria Pit Stop after watching a few instructional videos on YouTube.
Here is the problem. I am extremely impatient. I tried to stay calm, but every time something didn’t go quite right, I would lose my cool. I’m talking screaming expletives so loud that the neighbors might call the cops. I’m not proud of it, but if I don’t practice until I no longer have an outburst, I’m going to be toast if I get a flat on race day. I keep pinching my finger between the chain and the cassette and it is very painful. It is also one of those things that it doesn’t help for me to watch how my husband does it—and his advice, no matter how well-intentioned, just makes my blood boil. I find it very aggravating that it comes so easily to him and not so easily to me. So I practiced the process for about an hour and apologized to him profusely afterward.
More practice to come tomorrow. I am very motivated to get proficient enough that if I do have the misfortune of getting a flat, I won’t run the risk of getting disqualified for having a foul mouth and I won’t lose too much time on race day. I’ve worked too hard for that to happen. Must channel Chrissie Wellington in 2008 and not Normann Stadler in 2005!
13 days until race day. I hope we get out bib number assignments soon.