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Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Final Countdown

Well today went well. It was much more relaxed then yesterday, I was up early fueled up on coffee and out the door by 9. We got to the race start around 10. After seeing some of the homes on the bike course it is evident that money is not an issue here to some people. There were lots of people decked out in the newest gear, I had to keep reminding myself that its the work that counts and there's a lot of people that can look the part, but that's only part of the battle.

After finishing up dropping off the bags and such, Kelcie and I headed to the zoo. It was pretty cool, I didn't know it was a world class zoo. I saw real hippos, giraffes, and gorillas. I had a special connection with the tiger I pictured it as my power animal for tomorrow. When I am digging for all that power I will think of the tiger.

The evening was capped off with a nice dinner at the old spaghetti factory. I swear that the restaurant was at least 70 percent full with people doing the race. Kelcie noticed I was spaced at dinner, I was just tyring to focus on the race I ran it through my head countless times. I am really confident in this race. Compared to Muskoka the bike course with be a breeze.

I am off to bed now to get a full rest and by early morning tomorrow I will be able to kick back and relax.

Taker easy

Friday, July 30, 2010

Its Time

Well needless to say it has been an adventure. Training at this level has been both physically and mentally taxing. I thought that once I started working I would get into more of a routine with training and writing. I have never been through the MAO training before and overall it was a positive experience, I have actually put on about 5-7 pounds of lean muscle through out the entire cycle. The extra weight has seemed to effect my running speeds slightly, but I have defiantly become a more confident cyclist.

Throughout training there were no real exciting moments, my days have consisted of going to work at 7 -4 quick nap till 4:30 train from 5-9:30 shower and in bed by 10 to get my 8 hours of sleep. I was a machine I should have wrote one blog post and just copy and pasted it. ahahah. Finally yesterday I hit the road for Calgary. Finally a change. The ride was painless Kelcie drove the first half and I was able to grab a couple zzzz's on my regular sleep schedule. We arrived at the hotel unpacked and relaxed. I headed out and completed my training for the day.

In the evening Kelcie and I met up with a family friend that lives in Calgary he took us out for some amazing fish. I love it here, maybe because its not Winnipeg. Winnipeg is a dead end I need to get out of there. One of the things I was concerned about was racing at altitude. Calgary is at a much high elevation then Winnipeg. In my brief training session I didn't notice a differeance. either way that is a variable that is not in my control, so I am going to try and put my focus on the things I can control, like my attitude. All the training is done now I just need to relax and enjoy what the day brings.

Today we are off to check out the expo and drive the course to get a better sense of what to expect.

Happy training