Monday, June 17, 2013

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

I write this from a motel room in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.  Roughly 131 hours before the start of my first full Ironman.   

The waiting is now the hardest part.  You were right Tom Petty, you were oh so right.  The workouts this week are miniaturized.  Keep the body moving.  Stay injury free, stay healthy, and get good rest and nutrition.  Those are the targets this week. 

I went to the lake today when I got in town.  It’s a big lake!  And very scenic.  Already four large tractor trailers with Ironman logos on them.  Signs up on the roads warning of closures and delays Sunday. 

Saw the local paper.  The front page had a photo of an age-grouper on her bike.  She is a local who has done 18 Ironman’s! 

I guess I must at least look somewhat like a triathlete.  When I checked into the motel the clerk asked if I was here to race!  Since I don’t look like Macca, Pete Jacobs, or Crowie, I’ll take that as a compliment.

Tonight, disgusted by the Blackhawks play I drove the bulk of the bike course.  It is hilly, as advertised; but nothing San Diego hasn’t thrown at me and then some.  I’ll ride part of the course tomorrow, and take a dip in the lake.  Oh heck, I’ll probably run some too.  Actually I will be taking the taper week advice of Jim Vance.  Mini triathlons.   

Heck with all this taper stuff!  Is it Sunday yet?

The lake:


  1. I am so excited for you!!!! I have other people I know racing there so I will triple cheer for all of you!!! Keep on keeping us posted!!!

  2. Go #2377! I'll be tracking you! Best of luck - love every moment!

  3. I did this one as my first as well, it is a great event. Volunteers and community are fantastic and the Finish is super cool right down the street with bars and resaurants on either side with lots of support. Have fun and Enjoy it!

  4. Congrats on the amazing journey to get where you are Steve. It's been fun reading about the buildup and training progress. Remember that you've already climbed to the top of the mountain. Now it's time to enjoy the ride down!