The trip to Coeur d’Alene was uneventful. Except for the 6-hour delay due to forgetting to renew my passport. It was a costly mistake that really threw me off, but I persevered and made it to the rental house I’m sharing around 2am.
On the drive I listened to the audio book of Tyler Hamilton’s “The Secret Race.” It sure did keep me up and will probably change how I watch the Tour de France from now on. I want to “read” the rest of the book before I give my book review, but for now I want to say that 1) it is worth the read, 2) Tyler Hamilton does NOT like Lance Armstrong, and 3) cycling hasn’t been clean in many decades.
This morning I got up early to meet my housemates and had some good chats. I was tired, but excited to be here and couldn’t go back to sleep. It was about 10 before I got out of the house to meet up with my new-to-me friend (but has known Scott since he was in high school). It was funny because meeting up with her made me miss everyone at home less.
We checked out the Ironman sucker-tent where all the merch was. Is it still being a sucker even if you know that you’re being suckered? I’m not totally sure, but I left with a IMCDA cup, an IM cookie cutter, and a IMCDA water bottle; I justified it with saying that it will push me over the winter. In actuality, I’m just a sucker. Ironman’s newest way of getting people to buy merch is to put everyone’s name on it in the shape of the M-dot. I have to admit that I was excited for V and everyone to have their name on their shirt. I love that kind of stuff. It is a true piece of memorabilia and it gives a sense of awe of how many people are doing the race. And it’s practical! Well-played, Ironman. Well-played.
After finally having some coffee with lunch (our rental didn’t have any coffee in it!!?) I headed out to get groceries at the organic grocery store and then I was going to drive and ride part of the bike course. It didn’t quite work out because my tummy has been pretty unhappy since yesterday and I was in no shape to be on my bike. I did scout it out and am planning to ride a good portion of the bike course tomorrow.
One thing I can say for sure about the bike course is that there are absolutely NO flat sections! When I did IMCDA in 2009 the course was different and I honestly can’t remember much due to the whole seizure-DNF thing that happened. This course holds 6000 feet of climbing. It was a good eye-opener to me even just DRIVING the course, let alone biking it. Tomorrow I am hoping the ride with give me the inspiration and drive to get me through the year of getting (and staying) serious about my training.
Also, I’m learning many things from my new IRL Ironman friends. I have heard of a new way of eating prior-to and during the race. I also have learned a new theory about what happened to me 5 years ago. More on those tomorrow. Off to bike to town!