Monday, August 10, 2009

What a weekend!

Earlier this year (I believe it was when we had run the "Swine Marathon") Jen, Cindy, and I planned out some of our "important" training weekends of the Ironman training season. This past weekend was our second trip to Madison, the first being in June with the training camp. On Friday, Jen, Cindy, and I headed to Madison to become familiar with the course just one last time before the big day. On the way to Madison, we stopped at Devil's Lake, a place recommended by my friend and fellow Ironman Margarita (she used to live in Madison). Doug a guy that we met at the training camp in June met us for the swim too, while his girlfriend Jami kept watch from shore. Devils Lake was AWESOME!!!! It is a lake that is located about a hour from Madison in a state park. When we arrived at Devil's Lake it was raining and a bit windy (the park worker cautioned us to not swim across the lake due to the weather), but the crazy triathletes we are-we decided to swim across and back making our total mileage around 3 miles. I felt great in the water even though I battled white caps on the way out. Once we finished the swim we had a quick picnic and then headed to Madison to check into the hotel.

On arrival to the hotel we were greeted by some of Jen's teammates from TCMC. We got checked in and then hung out down by the pool for a short bit of time before we were off to bed for an early morning ride. Cindy and I were meeting Doug and Jake (guys we met at the training camp) and then Mike (a guy we met in line when signing up for Ironman) and Krista (a gal that goes to LTF CR) for a ride at 7 am; Jen was waiting to ride with the TCMC bunch. By the time we reached Monona Terrace storms started to roll in, which made us question our safety out on the course-had it been Ironman day they would have canceled the race due to the lightening. The group decided to head to a local Starbucks to discuss our plan and see if the weather would clear. Finally, after some good conversation, we made the decision to run instead since the run takes place in town and there are plenty of places that we could seek shelter if we needed it.

Cindy and I piled into Jake's truck so that we could go back to the hotel and get our running stuff then headed to Jake's friends house so he could get his stuff. While at Jake's friends house one the the dogs got loose Jake hopped in his truck and Cindy and I raced through the backyards of the neighborhood. AND of course while this was all going on it started pour rain! Finally, I caught the dog and walked it back to the house.

Finally, we made it back to Monona Terrace for our run. We ended up doing about 14 miles. The rain eventually cleared up and then it turn hot and steamy! After the run we hopped in Lake Monona and just floated-it felt AWESOME!

Following the run Cindy and I headed back to the hotel to relax by the pool-Jami (Doug's girlfriend) came over to join us for a beer and a soak in the hot tub. We just hung around until we got a call that one the TCMC girls was having a problem with finishing the bike ride, so we headed to Verona to pick her up and bring her back to the hotel.

Sunday, Cindy and I got up early to get to Monona Terrace so that we could get on the road by 6 am. We showed up to the Terrace, got our bikes ready and we were on our way. The plan was to ride the full 112 miles to experience the second loop that everyone had warned us about. The ride was going well as we were taking it slow so that our group could stay together and we didn't get worn out from the excessive heat (The weather people put a heat alert out not to be doing long periods of strenuous exercise).

We got through the stick and most of the first loop when Jami started to bonk so we had decided to change up the ride so that she could make it back to Monona Terrace safely. However, on the way back she hit the wall and couldn't go any further, so Cindy, Jake, and I flew back to the Terrace to get our vehicles. Once we got back we got the news that we were in a severe thunder storm warning-seriously! We hopped in our cars and headed back to Verona to pick up Doug and his girlfriend, turned around went back to the terrace before making the decision that it was not safe to ride, so we had dinner instead.

During dinner I was having a hard time with the fact that we didn't do the full route-I drove everyone crazy trying to figure out how I could get back out on the course and finish it. So I decided that I will be heading back to Madison this week to ride the full course-the weather looks like it will be in my favor at least. I know I'm crazy!

Over the past week, I had kept up with my training. Thursday, I trained with P2. Coach recommended that I take it easy since we were doing so much over the weekend.

Wednesday, I had a great swim! PAIN FREE!

Tuesday, I trained with P2. It was another grueling speed session.

Monday, I led swim club.