wake me up when september comes

September 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm 2 comments

yes i suck at writing. again. august has come and gone with no goals set, so no goals met. but, that said, anything done last month was merely in preparation for what’s to come at the end of september and i started this month proving to myself that i am about as close to ready for augusta as i can be. well with the exception of the swim that i am still avoiding but still hoping will be as easy as everyone seems to say. this past saturday i did what some said i shouldn’t. what no training plan calls for. but what i knew i needed to do to feel secure. forty three miles on the bike. ten on the run. brick. and i rocked it. all right about race pace. and when all was said and done ~ almost four and a half hours later ~ i still felt like i had more to give. of course not long after i felt like i’d been run over by a mack truck but that was to be expected! so from here on out. for 25 more days. i’m officially in taper ~ sort of. i plan on one more long ride ~ hills hopefully ~ and one more decent length run but the rest will merely be maintaining where i am. it’s time to let the body recover to full strength! and maybe focus a little on the swim.

i also have a new-to-me ride to break in. totally cool and proof that fellow runners/triathletes are some of the best people you will ever meet. i love lola. my bike. she’s fared me so well in training but she’s old. 15 maybe. and with bull handles and gear shifters on the down tube i had begun to worry about riding her in augusta. so i emailed a girl i’ve met once through mutual runner friends. she recently started a new local tri group and i thought maybe she would know someone selling something a little better for a lot less. she posted on her group board asking. no sale but i was shocked when a total stranger offered up on loan her almost new, ridden only four times, bianchi. it’s her secondary bike and she’s sad it never gets ridden. i picked it up last night. i’ve got to get a few things tweaked before i ride. seat lowered. my pedals. maybe my seat. but the stranger gave me carte blanche to do whatever i need to do to make her my temporary ride so i can have the best race possible. and add to the coolness of this, the stranger and her husband are doing augusta too!

ain’t she purty 🙂

i feel like the race stars are aligning. i feel strong; physically and mentally. i’ve put any and all other areas of potential life stress on the back burner. and yes, by that i mostly mean the hunter. discussions tabled. one day at a time faced. i’ve accepted the fact he’s not going with me and have lined up another support network. between red and the bunny there is bound to be no lack of support ~ prep help leading in, cheering throughout and tequila at the finish!

25 days until augusta. yes i’m freaked. but yes i’m ready.

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  • 1. kitkat1126  |  September 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Amazing that you’ve got a loaned bike for Augusta. I swear there is something about tris that bring out the team spirit in people. In the end whether or not the Hunter goes, it sounds like you’ll have a great support system and I can’t wait to hear the recap. I have no doubt you’re going to kill it.

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    • 2. becelisa  |  September 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

      the people i’ve met running and now riding truly are amazing. the camaraderie and support are such a huge part of why i do what i do. that this woman would lend me her bike having never met me is just incredible.

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