I am now seven days away from racing in Madison at Ironman Wisconsin. Ironically, over the past year I haven’t dealt with any sickness and the past six days I’ve been battling a nasty cold. I’m pumping the fluids, vitamin C and rest to try and get my body back into a healthy state. Swimming, biking and running for 13+ hours doesn’t sound too appealing when I’m hacking up a lung or unable to breathe efficiently due to a stuffy nose.
An update on the sore IT band – it’s continuing to heal. After a couple rounds of Grasston technique and deep tissue massage, it certainly feels better. I haven’t ran much more than a mile or so at a time, so not sure how it’s going to hold up in the long distance. I’ve been using the elliptical which fortunately doesn’t irritate that tendon at all. The plan is to perform a run/walk routine on the Ironman course, and walk on the up-hills and just push through the pain once the IT band becomes sore.
As I look back over the past 9 months, I begin to think about the highs, lows and the craziness in-between all of my training. The journey to competing in Ironman has been quite the ride. Not only did I dedicate a huge amount of my time to training, but I managed to get married, change jobs, sell my house and move all in one summer. According to Coach Joe, I’ve pretty much done all the things that you shouldn’t do while training for an Ironman – minus having a baby (that really would have put a damper on training).
RACE DAY TRACKING INFORMATION
On race day, you can track me using a couple different options.
Option #1: MyAthleteLive via computer or phone. To use on your phone, simply download the free MyAthleteLive app (Apple and Android options available). This will track me in real time, and provide you with my location, speed, distance and elevation on race day. Since the GPS chip I am wearing isn’t technically waterproof, you’ll only be able to track me for the bike and run (the swim is less than 10% of my day).
Keep in mind that my name will not be listed on the events page until I turn on the GPS chip on race morning. The race begins at 7am, and my GPS unit will be sitting at transition on Monona Terrace until I finish the swim and proceed to grabbing my gear to head out onto the bike. At that point the fun begins and you will be able to see me traveling along the course.
Option #2: The Ironman website will also have tracking information available, including a video feed of a few different locations on the course (including the finish line!!!). On race day (Sunday, September 7th) you can go to ironman.com and click on ‘Live Coverage’ at the top of the page and select Ironman Wisconsin. Select ‘Athlete Tracker’ and you can search by bib number (BIB# 610) or last name (Larson, Alexandra). Using the Ironman tracking won’t be quite as accurate as the MyAthleteLive, but the video feed will be great to use when you know that I’m getting close to the finish line.
Overall, I’m very much looking forward to race day. I think it is going to be an amazing experience. There will be many high points and low points on race day, but ultimately I just look forward to reaching that last stretch of running through the chute, crossing the finish line and Mike Reilly shouting my name and telling me that I’m an IRONMAN!
T-7 days until Ironman Wisconsin!