What a crazy last couple of weeks. I was down and out for 4 solid days with the stomach flu and upper respiratory infection. I suffered through 2x4hour rides over the weekend, one ending about 15miles from my house when I realized I just couldn't make it any further so I sat and waited for Shane to ride home & come back and rescue me. The second ride ended with a pit stop for a coke to get me through the last 90mins because I just could not stomach any gels or other junk in my tummy. But agh, sweet coke...... Just like mile 16 in Ironman :-)
While trying to regain my strength and appetite. Appetite meaning needing more than 5 Popsicles a day. I learned on Saturday... you just can't survive on Popsicles. Anyhoo - while all this was going on, our Canada group also found out that our rental home fell through. Long story short, I was stuck scrambling to find 6 of us decent accommodations 2 months out from an Ironman. An Ironman in a small town. Thankfully not as small as Coeur d'Alene or we'ld be screwed. After 2 days of searching and 30 or 40 emails and phone calls we have a place! Sweet relief....
On top of the Canada home drama I was also in search for accommodations for Ironman Coeur d'Alene. I guess I just can't get enough of it. Actually, I have 2 real good reasons for going back. 1. Some friends and supporters of ours that live in the area are signing up for it to be their 1st Ironman. They came out to support us in 07 & 08 and got hooked on the sport themselves. We just have to be there for them!
2. I have some unfinished business. Things didn't go as planned my second time around in CDA. Several of us had some awful stomach problems (presumably from the water that was not so fresh & clean after all the run off that year) and was unable to take in fuel on the bike, leading to a SLOW bike and colossal bonk on the run. Top it off with neck problems & epidural injections and a BAD swim and I was less than happy with my performance. Like I said, unfinished business in CDA.
So, we registered for another Ironman before finishing the current one. Something about that is SO. WRONG. And, I booked a house for us. This year our ironhouse will have Shane & I. Daniel the torture trainer is coming back for his re-do. Speedy Pants Em is coming from Utah to rock it with us and my girlfriend Amanda joined in last minute to do her FIRST Ironman. I'm so excited she is doing it with us & chose this race. I have promised her she won't regret it.
The best part. We rented the same home we stayed in last summer... I can't wait to get back! 2011 can't come soon enough...
Although, I suppose I should be focusing a little more on the next 8 weeks. 8 weeks until Ironman Canada! And, as I've been told by my coach...the real training starts next week. YIKES!