This weekend I am racing in the Poconos 70.3. If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, I don't think I have to mention how happy and excited this makes me!
YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Race timeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! (finally! :)
My last race was 5 weeks ago. Far too long in my opinion but apparently to gain any fitness you occasionally have to train hard instead of taper, race, recover, taper, race, recover! Who knew? :) Anyway, I did the training part for the past 5 weeks and it was great. I'm feeling healthy, strong and like I'm getting read for an Ironman! And now my reward, a little break in the training for a RACE!
I'm leaving for the Poconos on Friday. Unfortunately I must travel to this race by myself because all the usual suspects (Oscar and my mom) are busy living their lives. The nerve! (of course I'm kidding!) I have been so spoiled over the years to almost never have to travel to races alone so this weekend should be interesting. If I show up at the start line in one piece with all my equipment in one piece AND on time, I'll consider the weekend a success.
There is also a matter of the drive to the race. The Poconos, although in Pennsylvania, the state I live in, are quite far away. I live in the southwest corner of PA and the Poconos happen to be in the mountains of northeast PA. And PA is a looooooooong state. Steelhead 70.3, which is in Michigan, is almost closer for us. Did I mention that I tend to fall asleep when I drive longer than 1 hour? Hmmm...like I said, if I make it to the start line in one piece I will be thrilled! :)
Kidding aside, I'm really excited for this weekend. And although I'm traveling alone, there are several Pittsburghers racing and I have a wonderful homestay family to take me in! I've already invited myself (see I told you, I'm really good at inviting myself to places!) to be a 3rd wheel for several meals with others. All is good.
Now just keep your fingers crossed it doesn't snow! It almost did last year at this race. And while I like chillier weather, 40s and raining isn't the best option when one is riding one's bike up and down mountains really fast. I'll definitely be packing the arm warmers! But it will all be worth it when I get to see stuff like this on the bike course!
Hope everyone has a fantastic rest of the week and weekend! And to all those racing - yeee-haw and giddy up! :)