The Final Week
After 20 weeks of training the moment of truth was finally here. Ironman Texas was this Saturday and still much of the drama that I related last week wouldn’t end until the day after the race.
As a taper week, Coach Thor had us doing light workouts (at least compared to what we have been doing.) Sometimes it gets desperate because you have been doing so much and so long that whatever you are doing this week just looks like a joke. Unfortunately although I had scheduled rides, I couldn’t do them since my bike was been shipped to Texas. So I swam and ran, and tried to do something everyday leading up to the race.
Thursday: I took the flight to Houston together with Kikin. We arrived around noon to an unknown city to us both. Took an Uber and headed to Kikin’s hotel to drop the luggage. On the road, we noticed that the Ironman drama continued. The swim course now it was changed due to that the canal portion of the swim course was not suitable for swimming and didn’t pass the water quality tests. So the 2.4 miles swim course was changed to a single loop course and transition 1 (T1) had to change. So now we had 2 transition spots instead of one. At this time of course hell was breaking loose again and we just had arrived in Houston. Kikin and myself were talking and it was time to leave the drama behind and just “go with the flow.”
There was a Whole Foods near the hotel, and we headed there to have lunch and do some groceries shopping. Dropped the groceries at the hotel and then headed to the Athlete Check-in and the Ironman Expo. The day was really hot already and we already knew that we needed to be ready for this kind of heat on race day.
After checking in and doing some digging in the expo we went to collect our bikes over our friend Bolko. Unfortunately Kikin’s bike was missing it’s tune up and pedals. So while Kikin’s bike needed to have maintenance, I decided to leave my bike there and pick it up the next day, since we were planning to ride the bikes to the hotel.
Got to the hotel again and relaxed for maybe an hour to head out again to the athlete banquet at the Marriot. We meet Che Vicky there and I stuffed myself with the banquet’s food. I was impressed that I was really behaving (lol!) and had salad, good carbs, and avoided all the delicious sweets they had there. The guys didn’t want to stay long in the banquet ceremony so we left, and headed to the hotel. Once in the hotel I grabbed my stuff and headed to the house we rented together with the rest of the team. At the house, Cobi Sensei, Esi, & Telsys, were waiting for us. After catching up with the rest, having dinner and unpacking, I finally died on bed. It was a long day, and it was only Thursday.
Friday. The day before the race. 6am wake up call and around 7am we headed out for a light run. After having breakfast and finalizing the bike and run gear bags we headed to T1. The guys rode their bikes there while Telsys and I were leading them in the car. The guys got safe to the transition and Telsys did me the favor to drop me to get my bike from Bolko. I got my bike and rode it to T1 where the guys were. I got in time to do the swim practice in the actual swim course. The water was cool, dark and you couldn’t see anything beyond your hand's reach. On the way back you had a little current, so at least I knew how to take on the swim course on Saturday.
After swimming, we dropped the bike and the bike gear bag. Then we took the car and went to the second transition (T2) to drop the run gear bag. We studied how the transitions were set up and finally left everything. It was noon already and of course it was HOT. Finally we got to the house and finally had time to hibernate the whole day. We had a light bite and I went to put my legs up and nap. The nap really helped me, since I was feeling more revitalized. Early in the evening Norgato got to the house (part of the cheering squad with Telsys) and we had the final dinner at 6pm (cooked by Cobi Sensei). After chatting and sharing some stories and laughs (plus the good food), we finalize everything for went to bed around 9-10pm.
Saturday: RACE DAY. Of course whatever happened here will be in the race report by it’s own, and trust me it will be quite the story.
Sunday. After reviving from the dead we had breakfast together at the house. We shared war stories together, and had some ice cream :) . The guys were leaving later in the afternoon but I had to leave around 11am to the airport, so I had to pack already and leave. I said good bye to my fellow teammates and support group, Cobi Sensei, Esi, Che Vicky, Telsys and Norgato.
So that’s how the final week revealed to be. Of course more details about the actual race and what happened there will come soon, I know a lot of you have ask what the hell happened on Saturday!!! And it happened a LOT! Stay tuned!