Triathlon has been in and out of my life for years but 2008 was the year that I began to take it seriously and my first race that season was Oceanside . I've done it every year since which makes this my sixth year and every year I ask the same questions --

Did I do enough to prepare?  Did I do too much? Will I exceed my expectations? Or will I come up short?



 

This year is somewhat different though. I have a number of athletes racing and these questions are not only coming from within the confines of my skull, they are also coming from those I guide.

"I have knots in my stomach!" I do too. I tried taking a nap today and regardless of the closeness of the race, I can usually knock out in a matter of seconds but not today. Today I found an extra bit of anxiousness awaiting me behind my eyelids.

I've done some things completely different than in previous years. No point in going into the details but with the ultra in a month and some general ideas of how I could improve my training, I've taken a different direction in the beginning of my training year.

Perhaps that is the source of my anxiousness. Did I make the right choice? Tomorrow will tell.

Anyway, to those I guide and to those who are nervous prior to race day -- find comfort in knowing that at all levels, we all feels the same way.

Moving on --

The trip down here was tiring. More than usual. I don't know if it was the extra bit of traffic or what. When we finally arrived, the schedule was tight and it included a nap followed by a run. When I slept well past the "allotted" time, the run was nixed and I moved on to the next item on our agenda -- dinner.

Today was your typical "day before the race" day which included a short swim, bike and run. I decided I would do a bike, run and then a swim. Mostly because I'm a wuss and didn't want to swim until later when the sun decided to pop out.

The good news is that since I moved straight to the bike, I realized I was having an issue with my powertap. The bad news is that by the time I got the issue resolved, I didn't have time for my swim. I did get in the run but now I've missed two workouts. I know. It's just two workouts and they don't mean anything but you don't understand -- it could be the difference between winning this thing and being DFL. Kidding. I know, they don't mean anything but I'm Type A and you know how that goes.

Because I had an issue, I got an opportunity to see my friend Nick, aka the Sag Monkey, which is always calming. Nick has a calming way. Think Buddha but Italian.

Nick helped me find my Zen and then I was right as rain.

Time for bed but before I go, let me unload some pictures from my camera...

At the pre race video, this guy near put me to sleep with his impression of Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller's Day Off...



I'm getting to the point where I want MY stuff.  I brought my espresso machine....

This is my new mobile setup.  It's a Dell Latitude 10 Tablet, running Windows 8, with an Apple bluetooth keyboard and a bluetooth mouse.  LOVE this setup.  Super light and it gives me everything I need to work remotely.  As you can see, I'm working hard...

Whoop, there it is...

Bwuahahahhaa... I found my military hat.  Now I can play Captain Hard Ass...

My buddy Nick....


Shoe rack...

Everyone needs "BadAss" socks.  These were a gift from my friend Kat.  Love these socks...

Yes, it's a toilet.  Why, you ask?  Because we moved into a new house back in December and the second bathroom has one of those toilet seats that automatically lowers.  Being so used to that toilet seat, I've been slamming this one thinking it will lower itself.  Ok, maybe that's funny to me.

Hello Sunset...

 See you on the other side....

 [forgive my typos, I'm trying to get to bed for an early wake up....]