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 canâ€™t decide which to run in. The NB feel like they have a wider toe box, and the Asics have that nice gel cushioningâ€¦ Decisions, decisions. I also need to put LockLaces on the shoe of my choice â€“ I donâ€™t want to deal with loose laces during the race!
Figure out my bra situation.
Since Iâ€™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 Iâ€™m going to do bra-wise during the race. I think Iâ€™m going to wear my Enell bra (<— click for a review, or click the picture above) under my tri-suit throughout the whole race â€“ even in the swim. Normally, I pull on a bra AFTER the swim in T1, but I donâ€™t think I could physically stand to run into transition without a bra on.
On that noteâ€¦
Figure out breastfeeding.
Iâ€™m probably leaving the kids at home, so Iâ€™m going to pump in the car before the start of the race. Iâ€™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 toâ€¦
Sleep has been lacking in our house lately. I can handle one wake-up a night, but Iâ€™m crabby after two. For the past few nights, Iâ€™ve been woken up by the kids at least four times in total â€“ I feel delirious. Iâ€™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 havenâ€™t had any long workouts this week, but I have done a bunch of tough ones. Like â€“ so tough that I wake up super sore. This morningâ€™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 toâ€¦
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! Iâ€™m already so excited!