Â It’s Summerfest weekend in Hastings and the weather has been rainy, so I have decided to adjust my schedule accordingly. Everyone knows I follow instructions to the letter, so those of you that just fainted probably think I still have lasting effects from the wreck that have caused me to hallucinate, but I’ll explain.
Saturday on the schedule is long bike day. For me it was to be a 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hour HR#2-3 ride, a little faster than race pace, and a good time to finalize nutrition plans for the race. Sunday morning is usually our group run. But the weather was rainy on SaturdayÂ and some of the Trilanders were running in the 10K race. So I decided to do my Sunday run on Saturday and do the long bike today. Now today is rainy, windy and cold.
So here’s the plan. I already did today’s runÂ yesterday but, with weather conditions the way they are, it’sÂ not good enough to have a meaningful long ride. SoÂ I’ll do Tuesday’s turbo trainer bike workoutÂ today with a short transition run after. I’ll doÂ tomorrow’s swimÂ using Wednesday’s swim workout. Since I have a hospital board meeting onÂ Tuesday, I’ll do the Thursday track workout early in theÂ morning, and then do Monday’s swim workoutÂ on Wednesday. Thursday I’ll replace the normalÂ track day I will have alreadyÂ done TuesdayÂ with today’s long bike and will work on the finalÂ plan of what to eat andÂ when to eat itÂ during the race. Friday is a scheduledÂ day off (it’s taper week, you know)Â and then Saturday I’ll be back on schedule with my last long bike ride (2-3 hour HR#2)Â before the race. Make sense?
Today is the last day of the Olympics, so now I don’t know what I’ll watch on TV. The political ads are driving meÂ more nuts than I already am,Â I’m getting a little tired of the controversy over Paul Hamm’s gold medal, and I’ve just about had it with the diving expert’s criticism of every single flaw in every singleÂ dive. If she knows that much about it she should be on the diving board rather than talking into a microphone with the benefit of slow motion instant replay.
Some of Jean seems to be rubbing off on Becky since they have spent so much time together lately. We were watching a short clip of one of the basketball games in the OlympicsÂ when she asked what the term “PITS IN PAINT” meant. Apparently her eyes aren’t as good as they used to be. The graphic was “PTS IN PAINT” and refers to how many points were made fromÂ near the basketÂ in the painted part of the floor between the foulÂ lines and the end line. I told her they counted the player’s armpits, then divided by two to see how many players were in the painted part of the floor. Unlike Jean, she didn’t believe me.
At 7AM there were 336 hours to go until the start of the race. It’s funny how fastÂ 168 hours has flown by since last week. It seems like 168 minutes to me. I’m getting anxious for the whole raceÂ experience to start. Maybe I’ve built it up tooÂ much in my own mind, but I want to recapture all the hype and excitementÂ I missed last year.
I sent a question to the “Ask the Coaches” forum at my training website about whether or not there is an underpants run at Ironman Wisconsin. There is oneÂ at the Hawaii Ironman, and I thought I saw something about one at Ironman Canada in one of the other questions and answers. For those of you that don’t know what this is, the Thursday before the big Saturday race, those who want to participate meet in front of a restaurant on Alii Drive in Kona wearing white underwear and do a short fun-type race (more like a parade).Â The rules follow as copied directly from one of the e-mails in the “Ask the Coaches” archives:
1. Any version of men’sÂ white “mommy underwear” (also known as tighty whities, y-fronts, briefs, etc.) is permitted. Good sources include Duofold’s performance briefs made with Coolmax Alta or any variety of cotton three-packs available at Wal-Mart and other fine stores.
2. No boxers, long underwear, or stylish Euro-bikini briefs permitted.
3. Route must be completed by running, walking, or crawling. Heart rate monitors, black or argyle socks, bad hats, and earrings are optional.
4. While this event is considered a “moderately paced parade” rather than a “race”, pacing strategies are up to the participant.
5. No awards will be presented.
6. No aid stations will be provided.
7. Other rules to be decided as issues arise.
8. Rules committee (Tim Morris, Slice, Huddle, and Roch Frey) reserve the right to make things up as they go along.
9. All are welcome regardless of age, species (dog’s welcome), gender, race, religious beliefs and/or nationality.
I won’t say I’ve never done this before, but it wasn’t at 8AM, I was much younger then,Â and it wasn’t without the influence of alcohol.
Ta Ta ’til the Sunday before race day,
Just (Confused But Happy) Jack
P.S. I understand Pat Purgiel took a tumble on the bike and ended up with a cracked helmet, a head injury, and a night in the hospital. I though everyone learned from my experience not to do that. WhenÂ I bumped my head, it made me talkative. I wonder if Pat’s bumping his head made him quiet. We’ll see.