It is 03:30 Sunday morning and my race starts in just under four hours. I’m having a light breakfast so it is out of my system before the swim starts at 07:00. It has been quite the long haul to get here, and now we will see if everything comes together for me today. That is the biggest challenge of doing a 140.6 mile race – it is simply impossible to predict with any confidence how things will go. The once certainty is that it will a long day with a certain degree of discomfort 🙂
Monthly Archives: August 2009
Last night my wife and I did something very unusual: watched a film together. The Ultimate Gift is an excellent story about a young many who as part of gaining an inheritance learns that there are twelve gifts in life:
- The Gift of Work
- The Gift of Problems
- The Gift of Friends
- The Gift of Giving
- The Gift of Gratitude
- The Gift of Family
- The Gift of Learning
- The Gift of Money
- The Gift of Laughter
- The Gift of a Day
- The Gift of Dreams
- The Gift of Love (which leads to the Ultimate Gift)
If you have not seen the film do so. It is very thought provoking and inspiring.
Day 7 – Run 4 miles, Bike 25 miles, Swim 2 miles
We started the day with a 4+ mile run through woods near Ken’s house. He is so fortunate to live in such a perfect area for training with a variety of places for running, biking as well as swimming. After the run we had a hearty breakfast and then it was off to the YMCA on our bikes for our swim.
During our hard ride Ken Glah told me the motto of the camp: “Adapt or Die”. Yeah, right. On day 5, with a 71 mile bike ride in almost 100 degree temperature I sure didn’t feel like I was adapting, but thanks to a very wonderfully rejuvenating fresh strawberry sundae at mile 35 death was also not on the cards.
When I was a child my parents sent me off to Pinecrest Camp every summer. This not only resulted in a fun time for me with camping, canoeing, swimming and other outdoor activities, but gave them a much needed break from an overly active son. This year I decided to treat myself to a triathlon camp, not only to improve my fitness in anticipation of Ironman Louisville but also as a break from the stresses of the World Bank. Physical exhaustion gives rise to excellent mental relaxation.