Hey, everyone! I’m back from a fantastic weekend at Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City. I have a race recap coming next week, but in the meantime I wanted to share the lead up to the race day for today’s Friday Five since there was so much fun stuff pre-race that can’t fit in the recap! Join me, Courtney, and Mar and link up below if you have a Friday Five post.
So… Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City. First of all, you’ll see in the recap when it gets posted that I had a great race and crushed my goal time. I’m still on a race high! So much to tell, so I thought I’d start with what was fun about the weekend before race day arrived. If you follow me on Instagram, you can always see more in-the-moment pics.
1. Road trip with my dad, the best race sherpa ever. Seriously, my dad is the best race sherpa ever. He’s right where he needs to be at all times – driving me, dropping me off at the race site, helping out with my bike. He’s patient while I talk to 5 million people that I see and meet. Doesn’t bat an eye at getting up at 4am to watch me race. I’m so glad to have someone supportive in my life. We had a fun racecation road trip weekend together.
(***PS – my dad recently took a 3-week cycling trip through France. We put together 10 Tips for Taking a Cycling Vacation – go check it out and see a few of his pics!)
2. Swimming in the ocean. I had a great time on Friday seeing Stephanie, a SOAS Racing teammate whom I’ve met several times. She grew up in Atlantic City, so my very first stop on Friday when I got into town was her house. We dashed off down the street for a crazy amazing ocean swim. The waves were huge and it was exhilarating.
3. Social Time. Race weekends for me are such fun because I love seeing people I know and meeting new people. I got to connect with another SOAS Racing teammate Heather, who was working at the Base Salt booth.
I saw lots of other friends on Saturday, including Wiebke, my “racing soul sister”. She and I spent most of the weekend together and had a blast. And hey – we bought matching jackets!
4. Girl Power. Did you know that Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City had the highest percentage of women at an Ironman race – 40%? It felt freaking awesome to be a part of that. I saw some friends at the Women For Tri tent at the expo/Ironman Village and wrote out a #whywetri page for myself.
I had a nice time chatting with friends at the booth, including Wiebke and Moira Horan, a Women For Tri board member.
It was great to connect with other female athletes.
5. Getting race ready. I’ll admit, I was a little anxious on Saturday, the day before the race. I had some pre-race anxiety. I did all my pre-race tasks on Saturday (picked up packet, did a short ride/run, bought souvenirs, and racked my bike) and then felt a lot better about the race.
Then I went back to the hotel, organized all my gear, and got ready for dinner. In Lake Placid, I was “adopted” into the South Shore Tri Coach group and they were at the AC race too. I went to dinner with the coach Bob and some members, and it helped to eat a meal, have a glass of wine (yes, before race day!), and relax.
After dinner I checked my stuff to be sure it was ready for the 4am wakeup call.
So that leads us to race day… to be continued!
Now I have 4 weeks now until Ironman 70.3 North Carolina. Yes, another half Ironman in 4 weeks. I’ve been recovering this week and then I’ll build back up, then taper again. I am really looking forward to the next one.
What is or was your goal race this year?
Join me, Courtney, and Mar (aka the DC Trifecta!) for the Friday Five. Linkup rules are here.