Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Five sets of three and NERVES

I was a scatter brain at work today. Part of it was that I was trying to get as much done as possible before not being there for a few days - the other part of it is I'm going to Lake Placid tomorrow. It is getting more and more real by the day.

I was not real nervous before my first half, why does this have me so freaked (twice the distance and ten times the amount of athletes maybe?).

All of my race gear is packed which took the nerves down a notch. I created a checklist a while back to make sure that I don't forget anything. I do want to add sunblock to the list, but other than that it is complete.

I think I have my plan in place. I plan to live off the course as much as possible, but will start with plenty of gels and water and all the salt I need. My first water bottle generally goes pretty fast so I don't think the extra weight will be a problem - I will be lighter before I get to the hills. I will pack my special needs bag with extra gels in case I can't pick up enough on the course, but that is just a precaution - I worked an aid station last year and they are well stocked.

Since we have to wear the race number on the bike I plan to pin it to my shirt rather than put it on a belt. This way I will avoid chafing due to having two belts on (happened to me at Rev3). Yes, I plan to wear my fuel belt. I know the course is well stocked, but there is nothing like being able to eat and drink whenever you feel like it (or by the clock as I indend to do).

Both my Xnut and new HR monitor are in. Xnut did not come with the nut that I need to fasten it to the Carbon Wing (says the nut comes with the wing - I'm sure it did, but I had it installed by the shop and they kept the extra nut which is exactly what I would expect them to do). I'm sure I can get one at LP and if not, that's what the back pocket is for (CO2 and inflator, not a big deal).

I did not check out my new HR monitor, but will tomorrow.

And yeah, I did work out today. Five sets of 3 back squats at 70%. Used 135 pounds. The good news is that this felt pretty easy and my form was great.

See you yahoos soon! Dinner Thursday night? Cell 860.978.2764.


  1. im excited for you! Can't wait to hear all about it! enjoy!:)

  2. Good luck Martin! I know you're gonna tear it up!:)