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June 18, 2013 / snowvols

Race Week: Ironman Coeur d’Alene

It is still a couple days out before I leave, but I am predominately packed for Coeur d’Alene.  Does this mean I am excited?  Hell yes it does.  I haven’t had a true rest weekend in a couple of months.  Every time I should have taken a rest day, I opted to ride 100 miles or run a marathon.  My body actually feels rested.  I forgot how nice it is to be rested.

This past weekend was the most productive in quite some time.  I planted my garden, rode my bike, ran, hiked, dropped my bike off and I am sure I did other various dirt bag activities.  I was pretty sore after a 8 mile hike, but I did bag the first summit of the year.  Here are a few photos I took with my phone of my adventure this weekend.  Of course as I was on the saddle it dawned on me that I have an Ironman a week from then.  I knew I would be sore so I got home and took an ice bath.  Now I have to use that foam roller now to remove the last bit of soreness.

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I leave Thursday Night.  I am staying with some people I met on the internet.  Yes, that’s how I roll.  Some people have a spare bedroom and for 40 bucks a night how can you beat that?  I will return to Salt Lake on Monday evening.  The only thing that is kinds of disappointed is I will not have any in person support at the race.  I know that’s how it has been for me ever since I moved to Utah a few years ago not knowing anyone west of the Mississippi River, but it is fun to know people at the race.

Good thing I am a sociable person and never afraid to meet new people.  I might only go talk to hot single females, but why would I want to talk to anyone else?  There shouldn’t be as many married women my age as there are in Utah so I need to dust off the moves.

I am bib # 1056 and I plan on getting in the water at 6:50 AM PST.  My main goal is to finish.  I have other time goals, but I do not really want to share them as I would be super disappointed if I do not meet them.  So goal 1 is to finish.  If I do finish When I finish, I will be an Ironman and next weekend most likely will go get the M-Dot tattoo.

This is going to be a sufferfest in which I have never even imagined.  I know I will think of everyone who has had a positive or negative influence on my life as I have 17 hours of being uncomfortable.  The way I like to get my mind off of the pain is thinking of old memories.  For some reason it works and I will stick to that.  If you want to track along you totally should!  I am also in need of positive thoughts, prayers or really any sort of vibes sent to the Northern Idaho.  At least there will also be mountains for me to imagine me splitboarding down if it gets too bad.

Am I ready? I finally think so.  I am terrified of the 112 miles on the bike though.  I know I can finish that part, but running a marathon afterwards, ‘Is you Crazy?’.  I will just have to keep a positive attitude which I am normally pretty good at.  If I get chicked When most of the girls my age pass me, hopefully they are friendly.  I don’t mind being passed as long as you are friendly and aren’t a tool to your other competitors.  No worries though, I will be rocking the pink calf sleeves as no guy wants to be passed with the guy in pink!

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  1. PDX Running Chick / Jun 19 2013 11:57 am

    Good luck to you! I’m sure you’ll rock it ALL! With pink calve sleeves how could you not?! I’ll be sending you good and positive vibes! Can’t wait to read your recap from the perspective of actually being an Ironman! 🙂 Have fun! Remember to enjoy the experience!

  2. kruzmeister / Jun 20 2013 4:55 am

    Good luck for your Ironman race, I’m sure you’ll do extremely well, I look forward to reading your race report! – Simone 🙂

  3. Dr. G / Jun 22 2013 11:40 am

    Good luck and YOU WILL FINISH! I had my first IM this past May at IM TX and the feeling is like no other…soak it in and just do your thing out there!

    • snowvols / Jun 22 2013 12:09 pm

      Thanks! I’m very excited for tomorrow morning.

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