I’ve been somewhat MIA online this weekend. Dave and Meredith came to town so that Meredith could race the Nike Women’s Marathon. Hence I have been busy hosting them and having a darn good time hanging out.
On Friday I had a nice easy swim on tap, which I completed using an excessive amount of pool toys. Fun! Then I picked Dave and Meredith up at SFO and we headed to the City for the expo/packet pickup. The race expo was…interesting. It was a long slog through city traffic with crazy drivers and parking situations to get there. I had been hoping to buy some sports drink and a few other items, but there wasn’t the usual shopping you would expect at a race expo (I hear this was located somewhere else but then not very convenient). As a (mostly) women’s race, the unusual features were things like manicure stations at the expo, chocolate stations on course, firefighters in tuxedos at the finish line to hand out Tiffany jewelry. I am sure that appeals to some people (and gawd I hope this isn’t controversial to say) but for me…who needs all those excuses to run when the joy is in just doing it?!
Anyway, the Niketown store had all the racer names up on a wall outside their store. Yay Meredith!
Saturday was my longest pool swim ever (4200 yards = roughly IM race distance) and Dave joined me at crackass-of-dawn masters for his first long swim since his Ironman in June. It was good to have the company as I ticked off the yards. We came home and I hopped on the bike while Dave and Meredith watched college football.
Stanley considered it his duty to keep Meredith’s feet warm and race-ready
The rest of the day was spent eating, napping, and eating some more while gearing up for Sunday.
Sunday dawned dark and early at 4:15am when I got up, walked the dogs, and ate breakfast in the half-dark kitchen with Dave and Meredith. We were on the road to San Francisco by 5am! Dave and I dropped Meredith a block from the start and headed across town to Ocean Beach, where he could spot her around the 9, 11, and 13 mile markers. I headed off on my longest pre-IM long run and took advantage of the cold foggy weather and race-closed roads to cruise around Lake Merced for 2 laps of the late miles in the marathon before the racers got there. 18.5 miles later, I was done and back at the race craziness.
Before too long, there was Meredith finishing one seriously hilly marathon and quite early in the field compared to most of the marathoners (those are all 1/2 marathon folks finishing on her right).
She is one tough woman and gutted out a hard day out there to finish. I know this will just make her stronger for her first Ironman in Kentucky next year!
I have to thank Dave and Meredith for being so patient with all of my training while they were visiting. Dave certainly didn’t have to come swim for what felt like forever with me, and he was very gracious about spectating the marathon alone while I ran for hours. I will miss them when they head home tomorrow – it’s been fun to hang out and compare notes on races, nutrition, etc.
Post-race, it was time to get down to the most important business of all. MARGARITA TIME!
With that, my biggest volume week of my Ironman training is done. WOOHOO!!!! I have a rest week up next and then one more solid week of training before my taper begins.
Training totals for week 43 (October 12-18):
Swim: 8450 yards (4.8 miles)
Bike: 179.3 miles
Run: 27 miles
Total time: ~19.3 hours