Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Taking the Show on the Road

Well my friends, it is time to take this triathlon show on the road! I'm off to the Okanagan tomorrow to hang out for my birthday and race a little Olympic tri. My friend Janelle is racing as well, and Kelownagirl is racing the sprint. I heard a rumor from Janelle's fiance that the lake we will be swimming in is still pretty cold. The last I heard is that the lake is running 16-17C. Fingers crossed it warms up in the next few days! Just in case I picked up a neoprene cap from Nineteen.

Packing for a little 4.5 day weekend away is a whole other animal when a triathlon is involved. Thanks to this race day checklist site I made a note of everything I would need - racing related or not. Yes it is true, I even need to remind myself to pack underwear.CIMG5515I put everything I needed on my spare bed. Please pardon the checkerboard painting on the wall. I have been wanting to repaint this room since I bought my place, I just haven't exactly gotten around to it...in the 2-1/2 years that I've been here...
CIMG5514Less than a quarter of my bed is clothing to wear this weekend, the rest is racing or training gear. Since I have a trial swim, a quick run and a recovery bike to take care of while I'm out of town I needed all of the gear for that too. Wow... Then all packed up...CIMG5516In workout news I actually had a rest day on the schedule today but it didn't quite work out that way. Since I'm working in the morning then headed out on the road in the afternoon I won't have time to get my scheduled run in. I also took my car in for service this morning. I normally take transit in from the car dealership...but really...I am not a huge fan of that. I threw my bike on the back of my car and then had a quick ride into work once I dropped my car off. Less than three miles one way. Not exactly a fun ride since there a lot of stopping for traffic lights, but it beats the train any day!

Alright, must clean up the kitchen then get to bed...

22 comments:

Run Sarah said...

Very fun seeing all your race gear. Good luck this weekend, cant wait to read the report!

Carlee said...

Great way to spend your birthday; good luck and have fun!!!!

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

That's so cute, making a list. But necessary, I see! I loved seeing your race gear - it gets me so excited about getting there one day!

Have a great time Leana! Can't wait for the race report.

Alexandra said...

What a load of stuff to pack. I can see now why you need to carry your bike outside of your car. I hope your first open water swim is a positive experience. I look forward to reading about it!

Good luck and enjoy road show!

Missy said...

Happy Birthday and best of luck, it'll be great. Just protect your face and breathe! Blow bubbles, don't panic and follow the leader.

joyRuN said...

No wonder you need a list - that's a lot of stuff to lug around!

I would totally forget my underwear. Totally.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!

teacherwoman said...

That race day checklist is awesome! Thanks for sharing! I am adding it to my links!

Good luck this weekend! You are going to rock this race!

Wes said...

Being organized before its time to leave is such a huge stress management tool! Well done!! You have fun. Swim fast so you warm up quickly! Be safe. Have a GREAT TIME!!!

Marlene said...

Sounds like a big weekend planned! Have fun, good luck and Happy Birthday!

ShirleyPerly said...

Good luck on your race, Leana. I'm sure you'll do well with that awesome training Angie has had you doing. And Happy Birthday too!!

Lauren said...

Good luck! It sounds exciting and freezing. Can't wait for the report!

Molly said...

Goooooood luck Leana! We'll be cheering for you from down here :) You will do GREAT!

lindsay said...

good luck this weekend and have fun! you will do awesome no doubt :)

i feel ya on painting... i started painting one of my spare bedrooms, oh, two years ago, and still haven't finished ;)

Viv said...

Good luck this weekend packing for a tri getaway is tough!

RoadBunner said...

I have only done one du and one tri and I have to say the thing I hated the most about it was the exhorborant amount of packing the night before. When I pack for a marathon the amount of stuff I take is crazy already so adding two other sports on top of that was just a headache.

Have an awesome trip and an awesome race!!!

RoadBunner said...

p.s I get OCD and make lists when I pack, too :)

audgepodge said...

Good luck on your tri - can't wait to hear about it! I write up my packing lists, too. Must be our nerdy engineering backgrounds.

I didn't do it for my current trip that I'm on though... as a result, forgot my PJs! Had to sleep one night in a running outfit before I had a chance to go shopping. LOL. Well, the Nike track shorts are pretty comfy.

Keith said...

Lists are the only way to go. Good luck this weekend!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

WOOHOO! You're going to do so well and have a blast!! Happy birthday and have fun, looking so forward to hearing about it! You've trained hard, now go enjoy :D

Run For Life said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEANA!!!

I always have to remind myself to pack underwear and socks or else I usually forget, not fun.

Enjoy the mini holiday, the race, and of course your birthday! I expect some comments on the wine/beer you'll be trying when up there, too. :)

k said...

Have a great race! (and enjoy the wine. mmmm...bc wine...)

Badgergirl said...

Looking at all the stuff you've got piled on the bed, I see why you need the list! That's a lot of stuff.

Good luck on the tri and happy birthday!