Well another week has passed by and as they do my heart starts to race faster (without actually exercising) thinking about the big day!! But I am lucky to have some people in my life who help me keep things in perspective and remind me that it is only 1 day- so enjoy the process!!
This week was a tough one for me as I had a final exam to study for and it took priority over everything! But my reward for my efforts came after my exam at UBC when I made my way down to Kits Pool, my most favorite place in Vancouver!! Years ago I used to lifeguard at Kits Pool and would swim on all my breaks and analyze all the amazing swimmers. I love the freedom of swimming outdoors, the fresh air, the long lengths and trying to chase people down ! If I make it a game it is alot more fun! Saturday was really special for me at the pool because I met two old freinds from lifeguarding who were going swimming and two other freinds from 20years ago that I used to do synchronized swimming with. I forgot about how poorly I did on my exam and thought that if the exam had not been so hard I would have not been at the pool this late and would have missed connecting with all of these amazing women! It was also special to swim there as I have not been able to swim in our local pool due to a progressing chlorine allergy and that they can’t open the doors and let fresh air in because of the air filtration system so this was my second swim in the past 6 months. I thought I would see how it goes and managed to swim my 4km and get a nice sun tan in the process!
My plan for Sunday was to ride the bike course from my house to the Meadows and back but 7 km into my ride I went over some broken glass so I stopped to check my tires and noticed my back one had a big rip in it. I turned around back home and luckily my husband was there to give me a hand with getting my tire off as my hands were frozen. It is amazing the temperature differences you can get from 7am-10am ( remember that on race day especially with the climb to Callaghan) once my tire was fixed off I went, a little later than planned, but I was determined to get it done. It was an amazing day full of sunshine and not much wind( me smiling) . Pemberton Meadows was beautiful and if you have not had the chance to ride out there yet you are in for a treat. You ride along the middle of an amazing valley with mountains all around. As I rode out by myself I thought about the one time years ago I was out riding, down in aero and hammering along until all of a sudden this bloody clump of something fell out of the sky and nearly hit me. It was from a Turkey Vulture over head who had just dropped it’s catch of the day. It was so grose and scared the **** out of me. But on Sunday there we no vultures, no bears, very little traffic and hardly any bikers. I did see a few triathletes out there, enough to keep me pushing forward out of the fear of being passed. I usually get to pass at least one person out on my rides and that is this older gentleman who must ride from Whistler to Pemberton everyweekend, on a mountain bike. INspiration can be found everywhere you just have to open up your eyes! It was a great ride, I did not bonk, had some beautiful sunshine and great mountain veiws and finished with a wicked head wind just to keep me mentally tough!
Hope everyone had a great week of training and is enjoying the process of training to be an Ironman!!