I love doing pre-race posts! And I haven’t written one since April 11. There’s just something so exciting about preparing for a race, isn’t there? :) I am SO HAPPY to be racing again — whether it is on foot or on bike!
I took it easy all afternoon and rested my eyeball. It feels so much better! Thank goodness!
Around 2:30 PM, I drank an Amazing Grass Chocolate Meal with water. It’s not the most divine thing I’ve ever drank, but I really do love Amazing Grass!
And a little later, I had tiscuits and PB:
Then, my dad arrived at my house. My dad and I are racing tomorrow together! He is a really great cyclist so I’m excited to have "professional" emotional support. :) We decided to go carb load for dinner:
Bella Italia is a hole-in-the-wall place, but the pasta is so good! We ordered ours to go. I drank some Perrier:
And I practiced my pirate face:
I’ve switched from the big black eye patch to less obvious nude bandage patches. That’s because my eye isn’t so light sensitive anymore! Yay!
We brought our dinner home to eat:
I had baked ziti plus some garlic rolls.
Carb loading is the best part of my pre-race ritual!
After dinner, I started to prep all my supplies. Biking requires a lot more forethought than running!
First up was safety gear:
Clockwise from the top: spare tire, CO2 cartridge, copy of insurance card and license, Road ID, and gloves.
Especially in light of my knee injury, the inscription on my Road ID means so much to me:
Plus, my helmet (of course!)
Next up: FUEL!
From left to right: electrolyte tablets, a Kashi TLC bar, a Go Lean Roll, and three pack of goo. I’m anticipating that I will burn 2,400 calories tomorrow!!! Thank goodness there will be fuel stops, too!
I’m not wearing my CamelBak because my Dad says it isn’t "cool." Haha! He was just kidding.
I also sorted out the eye gear situation. I figured there are three scenarios for tomorrow:
- I wake up, my eye is better but not 100%, and I can wear my glasses (hopeful).
- I wake up, my eye has actually gotten worse, and I must wear an eye patch on the bike (worse case scenario).
- I wake up, my eye is miraculously cured, and I can wear contacts + sports sunglasses (unlikely).
In case of Scenario #1, I will be wearing this sexy combo:
I bought clip on sunglasses from Wal-Mart this afternoon for $7.00.
Or, if Scenario #2 occurs, I will be wearing 1 contact, 1 eye patch, and my regular sports sunglasses.
PRAY FOR SCENARIO #3!
And lastly, my clothing:
I’m wearing my lucky running shirt, my bike shorts, my lucky sports bra, and my sneakers. I don’t have clip in shoes yet or a bike jersey! And I packed a change of clothes because I am sure to be stinky after 60 miles!
I definitely feel prepared! I am so excited. I’m NOT focusing negatively on my eye because seriously, life could be so much worse. This is just a little bump in the road and, like I said earlier, it will not stop me!
Have a wonderful night. See you tomorrow afternoon for a fun race day recap!
Edited to add: More carb-loading! 🙂
Alright, now I’m just making excuses to eat a lot of yummy and decadent food! LOL