Thursday, September 10, 2009

First triathlon of the season!

Yes, it's September and while most are winding down their season, I'm just starting!
Yikes. Other than an Aquabike, It's rather strange. I really don't have a solid gauge of my fitness at this point with all the stopping and starting I've done with my training but who does when it's your first race of the season??? My run is certainly not where it should be missing another 4 weeks of run training after my little mishap with the treadmill July 21, but you can bet I will do whatever it takes to keep my legs turning over and finish that 13.1 without walking or whining for that matter. Well maybe just a smidgen of whining. I've asked Kat Donatello (RD) if perhaps she could find it in her heart to supply a scoot-a-round chair for me for the run segment. I really don't think this is asking much. In fact, I'm sure even Target would let her borrow one for the day if she asked nicely. Sadly,it's not looking promising.
In any case, I'm excited for a few reasons. For one, my family is very close by so they get to watch the suffering first hand! They could care less if I'm on the podium or dead last. PRESSURE OFF! Also, Mary Eggers is coming! Yay Mary!! I'm very excited to meet her and her family. EXPECT PICTURES! Next, my 17 year old way cute nephew works for the local bike shop part time that is supporting the race. He works like a DOG on Saturday and Sunday doing last minute bike fixes and then drives the PapaWheelies SUV as the sag wagon. This is not a super fun job. It's long and boring following the last cyclist through 56 miles. Lastly, my sister Twig and Fern owner and florist extraordinaire, is donating her time at the race and also making bouquets for the winners! NO PRESSURE MARY!!!


The other news? I'll be riding my trusty Pink Elite as shown above taken during the Concord MA, Charlie Baker Time Trial.(Thanks Ryan!) I will not be on my new Cervelo. This is a bit of a bummer but something is not quite right with the Cervelo. It just doesn't feel right and I'm struggling with the gearing and need some time to figure it out so home it will stay.

Now I just have to decide what I'm wearing....

This suit makes me feel FAST and It's my lucky-nobody-wears-a-2-piece-anymore-revolt against tri shorts and a tri top.


Believe it or not, this could be an option. It will remind me to HAVE FUN even when I'm on my knees at the 5 mile mark of the run.

This is my REAL race suit but thinking I want to save this for when I feel READY to ROCK THE BOAT. Need I say I'll be trying to flip the boat back over on Sunday. Eeeeks!

9 comments:

GZ said...

The hot dog suit ... ROCKS.

heidi said...

Sister Lainer I'm thinking of it like this....your all rested up and ready to haul ass!!

Train-This said...

HEY! No pictures! I hate my race pictures!!!!!! Pictures of you and I smiling= GOOD! And I am absolutley with you on the race suit, I HATE running in bike shorts!

Rebecca DeWire said...

I am super excited that you are able to do your first triathlon this season. It gives me hope that someday I too will be healed enough to race again!!!! I love all your suit choices...regardless of what you wear you will definitely look like you are ready to rock :)

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

You'll be SUPER - and i LOVE that cupcake suite. :) It matches your pink elite... way way way cool. Have fun with mary! Give her a huge hug from me, will ya?

And MOST importantly - have fun! I'll be thinking of you this weekend! YEA!!!

wiley said...

Wear the hot diggity dog suit and have fun!!!!!You look great in everything, Elaine! Enjoy Mary and that devil dog(I'm hungry can ya tell?)Luc.

GoBigGreen said...

Woo hoo for racing AND cupcakes!

kerrie said...

ooooh,all of the suits are cool...but i think you should wear the pink cupcake one to match your bike. and just think of how 'fresh' you will be compared to everyone else who is already so burnt out after a long season :). do you have pink shoes??
i'll be cheering from you from here :)

Jennifer Harrison said...

OH this is AWESOME! GOOD LUCK TGP....and have a great day and soak it all up - it has been a rough year and you deserve it all. CUPCAKE suit all the way!