I have a LONG list on my phone of everything I need to do before my race. Here are the highlights:
Figure out what shoes to run in and install my LockLaces.
I have been training in the New Balance 880s and the Asics Gel Nimbus 17s. I really like both (and will do detailed reviews down the road) but I can’t decide which to run in. The NB feel like they have a wider toe box, and the Asics have that nice gel cushioning… Decisions, decisions. I also need to put LockLaces on the shoe of my choice – I don’t want to deal with loose laces during the race!
Figure out my bra situation.
Since I’m currently a card-carrying member of the Big Titty Committee (and I mean that in the nicest way possible to the boobies), I need to think hard about what I’m going to do bra-wise during the race. I think I’m going to wear my Enell bra (<— click for a review, or click the picture above) under my tri-suit throughout the whole race – even in the swim. Normally, I pull on a bra AFTER the swim in T1, but I don’t think I could physically stand to run into transition without a bra on.
On that note…
Figure out breastfeeding.
I’m probably leaving the kids at home, so I’m going to pump in the car before the start of the race. I’ve done this a few times with success. I just need to remember to bring my cooler so I can keep the milk instead of tossing it out!
SLEEP! Or try to…
Sleep has been lacking in our house lately. I can handle one wake-up a night, but I’m crabby after two. For the past few nights, I’ve been woken up by the kids at least four times in total – I feel delirious. I’m really going to try to get to bed early for the next few nights, and I plan to sleep downstairs away from the kiddos on Saturday night.
Rest! No more workouts.
I haven’t had any long workouts this week, but I have done a bunch of tough ones. Like – so tough that I wake up super sore. This morning’s really challenging spin class is probably my last workout before the race, giving me two days of rest.
And last, but not least, I need to…
Review the race website and study the course maps.
Go to a bike store and buy new gloves because I cannot find mine for the life of me.
Make sure I have everything I need in my flat kit (pray for no flats!).
Buy some HEED or something similar for bike fueling.
Find my USAT card.
GET EXCITED <— check! I’m already so excited!