Friday, September 9, 2011

Good Luck Everyone Racing this Weekend!

I spent a bit of time this morning trying to wish everyone I know racing this weekend good luck.  It took several status updates, and I still was missing people.  Whew.  If you are racing this weekend, have a great race! 

Anyway, all of this racing well wishing was making me feel a bit bummed that I am not racing with my good friends in either MI or OH.  I am racing, though, which meant I couldn't do an knee jerk reaction plans to just decide to race at either Tawas or Rev 3 Cedar Point, where the majority of my friends are racing.  I have a mini tri instead.  It will be fun, but the bummer is that it isn't quite enough of a workout for my training plan for the Detroit half marathon.  Oh well.  Keira is sick, though, which means we won't be doing a ton as a family this weekend.  Perhaps I will have time after the race.  That will be fun to explain to everyone, though.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate.  I don't even know what to wear since it will be cooler, but since it is a pool swim, I am thinking that I will not chance ruining my wetsuit over 400m , although from what I have been told, one pool swim won't be the end of it, and I was planning on using my newer one anyway that hasn't had much use at all yet, so it is in great shape to begin with.  I don't love it, though, and have never raced in it, only trained.  The bike is pretty short, as is the run, so I am thinking I might just be cold on those instead of trying to throw on something over my swim attire in transition.  I guess I could put on a tee after the swim and wear a bathing suit w/tri shorts.  That might make me happy.  I don't like swimming in a tri top, so that might be the way to go, especially if it is colder out.  Either way, this is a new distance so that means PR!  Whoo Hoo!

Also, on a side note, I did listen to SOME of the feedback I got on Boston.  I appreciate all the comments, and I did book the cheapest hotel I could find through Marathon Tours a few miles from the finish area.  It is just a short walk from the subway line, and should hopefully get me to the bus stop in time to ride to Hopkinton.  It is a bit pricier than what I was going to do otherwise, but overall, I think it is a better plan and worth the expense.  I have friends in Boston, and I just did not want to impose on anyone with my entire family because I am too cheap.  I can cancel it up until January something or other with only a $20 fee, and as long as I get registered, I am GOING, regardless of my physical condition come race day.  Hopefully I won't break my leg or have a significant ankle/leg injury, but I am totally prepared to have this be my ONLY race of 2012, in the event I race injured and really mess myself up worse.  That might sound stupid, but since this has been a dream for so many years, I am going to do what I have to do to make it happen.  I can run with a broken arm too, I have already decided.

Anyway, look for a race recap as my next post.  Hopefully I will have some great news to post about all of the firsts that should happen.  Lest I leave anyone out, I am not going to list anyone at all.  You guys know who you are and what you need to do.   Let's get it done this weekend, and for those of you super fast people who can enter Boston next Monday,  please leave a slot for me on Friday!  I will be skipping my swim workout next Friday so I can station myself at the computer, ready to go when my registration window opens.