Thursday, June 23, 2011

Brrrrrrrr

Aloha from Coeur d'Alene... Where the Hawaii girls are huddled up next to the space heaters.

Krista told me that the weather here was schizophrenic and she was right. Yesterday, beautiful blue sky and warm sun and 85 degrees. I was almost ready to sell the Hawaiian condo and buy a house on Hayden lake! But then today quickly changed my mind. 50's and wind and loud cracking thunder/lightening with some rain thrown in (and somebody said hail??). Yikes.

We swam again this morning. Yesterday the lake was all glassy- calmer than the pool water we train in. Today, the winds were up so it was in Super-Chop mode, which was actually quite exciting for me. I told Nalani, "If it's going to be 50 degrees out and we're going to be swimming in 57 degree water, it might as well be truly epic with Super-Chop too, you know?" So there you go. We'll call it epic this morning. Though the swim itself was fine, I was a frozen Popsicle for several hours afterward until I managed to submerge myself into some hot hot water in my bathtub (which is big enough, by the way, to give Moana swim lessons).

Moana thinks all this is quite exciting too. She traveled like a champ on the long flight(s) and is adjusting pretty well... Though she is about as thrilled with the temps today as I am... She opened the door to the patio because she wanted to go outside today... Then felt the air out there and said 'NOPE!' and came right back in. Apples don't fall far from trees.

Anyway, ignore my T1 time on Sunday. I hear there will be hot tubs in the transition area so I'm thinking I may spend some time in one of those thawing out prior to getting in my bike.

11 comments:

Beth said...

Oh you will be fine!!! When you are in race mode, you won't even feel the cold. And heck, who knows...maybe it will be 85 and sunny come race day! BEST of luck Michelle, although I know you don't need luck! You've done all the work and I'm so excited to see it all pay off on Sunday! Will be cheering from Pittsburgh!!

Kim said...

brrr, 50s is cold! hope the temps warm up a bit come race day!

Jennifer said...

wondering how ski handwarmers would work in a race? Activate and stuff into your bike gloves. Instant toastiness. :-)

ali said...

i have used that hot tub some years for my hands were like claws at the end of the swim. I could hardly get dressed in t1 so i feel your pain. I hate that cold water but it will help on the run!! have fun and good luck:))!!

Aimee said...

Hopefully the crazy weather will change for the warmer for your race!! 50 degrees is just too cold! Brrr!

idropboys said...

you will be fine...the magical ingredient adrenaline was missing today. I raced 09 and wore arm warmers and a vest and was happy to have them! water is always chilly....cold, choppy and current is what you want! you are a swimmer. All the best!

I used ski wamers in my bike shoes....dumped them out in T1 and slid my feet into warm shoes. Also have put them under toe covers and they work well.

mmmonyka said...

Hot bath tub? Com'n...Who does that in a race? I know you won't do it:)

Good luck!

cherelli said...

Brr, kinda chilly!! Pretty sure come race day you'll be fine, may as well dip your hands in the hot tub on the way through :) Good luck, good luck, good luck - have a totally awesome race and enjoy the beautiful scenery!

Angela said...

Good luck! I'll be tracking you and giving a shout all day for you!

Regina said...

Hot tubs?! In transition?! Man, they really pamper you Ironmen/women. Shall I send a six pack?

Good luck! I'll be cheering you on from NYC!

Libby said...

dude, you will have such an adrenaline rush that you are racing, you will be fine!!! the weather is pretty schizophrenic there. be prepared for anything and remember cold is always a bit easier to deal with than melt down hot!! you got this girl!