Why in my hotel room of course!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Tisha and I are sharing a hotel room and last night's group nutrition/triathlon talk was held in our room. Jasper Blake was kind enough to stop by and discuss all aspects of nutrition -- from daily to race day stuff. He even shared with us his fool-proof formula for race day fueling. AWESOME!!
Afterward, Sara gave us homework assignments -- to use the formula to calculate our own nutritional requirements for race day. Some of us are racing the half on Sunday, one is racing the Olympic, and one is racing the sprint. I am super excited to implement this new plan!!!! :) :)
Yesterday was a 5 hour rainy bike ride. My goal was to keep up with the boys -- and I worked hard to do it! The hilly route we took puts the Road to Nepal to shame. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to move and train in Victoria!! No wonder it is a triathlon mecca...
I mean when you continually see signs of 15%, you KNOW you are in another world. Hill after hill after hill. The hills are so steep that standing out of my saddle was a scary study in balance. I would stand up and put my bum way back to help me balance the bike. Standing normally would have tipped me over.
There were a few times I honestly wondered if I was going to have to get off my bike and walk up -- my legs threatened to give out again and again. Hahahahah!!
We had to add a bunch of stuff to make up 5 hours -- we had started by doing the famous (or should I say infamous?) Observatory hill twice, and then added bits of circuitous routes. When we got to the hotel, we STILL had time, so we went back to the Observatory hill and did that one more time. Right after we all peed at the bottom...LOL!!!
By this time, the three of us, Todd, Nick and I had bonded on our rain-drenched odyssey. Todd's cleat came off his shoe and was embedded in his pedal. Nick was fantasizing about the smell of fries and vinegar we had detected going through one town. And I had gone through all of my date balls!! Hahahahaha!!
A quick aside -- at one point during the ride, two coaches (Sara and Carrie) in one support vehicle told us that this was the last time we'd see them as everyone was so spread out. So time to fuel up. I *thought* I was fueled and ready to go, but as I stood there debating about grabbing some more food, my stomach suddenly opened up....
In about 2 minutes, I ate the rest of my date balls, 2 Rice Krispie squares and a Mr. Big bar. Holy crap! And then, I wasn't even FULL -- just ready to go again!! Hahahahah!!
Good times!! :) :) :)