My beach bumming day was utterly lovely, though, aside from the random spots where I missed sunblock. We (the rugrat and I) sat under perfectly blue skies for about 3 hours with a friend and her kids. Really a perfect day. Perfect temps (in the low 80s), low humidity, gentle breeze, good company (we ran into a few other friends on the shore with their kids). Pure Michigan (love that ad campaign).
I have high hopes for this race. My training for my last race was overly aggressive, but my taper was inadequate. I arrived at the starting line still feeling pretty beat. Instead of feeling jumpy with pent-up energy I felt heavy and sluggish. I PRd my first 5k leg by a mere 1 second and the cycling leg (that wasn't any surprise...new, lighter, more aggressive bike and a full year more cycling experience)...but died by the last running leg. This time around I am going to do my best to go out a hair slower for that first run leg...treat it a more of a tempo warm-up. I'd prefer to have even or negative run splits, this time around. I still plan to go gangbusters on the bike leg, though. That's my strong suit (not that this is saying much...it's all relative).
The only bummer is that I will be missing out on a BIG JDRF training ride starting late morning. My race is at 7:45. I expect to be done by 9:30 or so, but I'm assuming that I won't be able to get my bike out of transition until all of the olympic distance triathlon competitors are done...so that could take a while. I doubt I'd be able to leave earlier than 10:30 and the training ride is an hour away. It's OK. I won't likely want to abuse my legs more after the race, anyhow. If I do it right I won't be able to drag more out of them.
In bittersweet news...I finally sold my original Oby bike (so now I have 2 bikes, Oby 2, the road machine, and Little Rock, the cyclocross beastie). The bike that got me hooked. But I'm glad that my first velo-baby went to a friend in Oregon. If any bike can get a person feeling the bike love, it's that pretty machine.
I took $750 from the sale of that bike and dumped it right into my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes fundraising account. That put me just beyond the halfway mark toward my $4000 fundraising goal. Right now I'm at about a dollar/mile pedaled in 2011, which is kind of a funny coincidence. I still have a long way to go, though, and we're now <100 days away from the big ride.