Alas, all the training has been done. Nothing I do today, tomorrow or the next day will help me. In fact, I only stand to injure myself this week, so it's best to not get crazy with the weights and I definitely won't be trying anything new.
But here's what I am doing to prepare for this weekend.
- Hydrating until my eyeballs float. It's going to be hot, humid and sunny. I need whatever extra I can get.
- Eating clean. I will not be eating anything unfamiliar. My tummy has raised objections to all sorts of things in the past, and now is not the time to tax it.
- Making a packing list. There's a lot of gear you need to swim, bike and run, along with stay in a hotel the night before. Good thing I drive an SUV ...
- Take my vitamins. It can only help at this point.
- And probiotics. My tummy enjoys these little critters.
- Fill up on inspiration. I'm completing Chrissie Wellington's book that my friend, Caroline, sent me. It does actually boost my spirits to read about how as a world champion, Chrissie was swimming in a borrow wetsuit and running with $20 sunglasses.
- Foam rolling. I want to keep my muscles loose and limber and roll away any soreness. I'm also getting a gentle massage on Friday to relax me, and doing a yoga session Saturday morning to help focus my mind.
- Visualizing myself being successful. This may sound corny, but most sports are mind over matter. So I spend a few quiet moments everyday picturing each stage of the triathlon and thinking about completing it comfortably and pain free.
- Reading Racine race reports. I've re-read Alyssa and Steena's summaries from last year and whatever I can find on the interwebs to prepare myself for the terrain and conditions.
- Gave Napoleon a bath. Because come Sunday, he will have a new medal to model :)
Do I wish I had done more open water swimming and more speedwork (and more running in general)? Yes. Do I wish I had a more solid nutrition plan? Yes.
But what's done is done and what will be will be.
See you Sunday, finisher's medal.