As with normal race days sometimes, today didn't quite go as expected. I didn't sleep well last night and woke up tired, but I am determined to do this in 4 days, so when the alarm went off at the very early time of 5am, I rolled over, put my feet on the ground, and got ready to go to 6am swim practice with my tri-team to start my day.
I am incredibly lucky to be coached by Sara McLarty, who wrote the Hawaii from Home training plan swims. She was gracious enough to do one of those for our workout this morning since she knew I was doing this virtual challenge. My swim went fairly well, but wow that pool was cold this morning. It was a shock to the system getting in, and I began to get cold during our rest periods. An hour and 2650 yards later, my swim was done for the day.
As I was walking to my car after practice, I realized my bike shoes were sitting at my house. Instead of heading straight to Waterfront Park from the National Training Center, I went home to get my bike shoes. I got home made breakfast, and realized I was still cold. I decided getting warm and a nap was in order before going to Waterfront. An hour and a half later, I was warm and ready to go. I got in my car and drove to Waterfront Park.
I got out of the car and realized my bike shoes were still at my house for the second time today. I drove back home, grabbed my shoes, and went back to Waterfront Park to start my bike ride. It was windy. For 14 miles, I had a headwind and pushed to keep the pace I wanted to. I waved to a couple friends of mine as I was riding. I looked down at my Garmin, and was happy to see 13 miles. I took a deep breath and thought to myself one more mile until I head back to the start, I have this. I said a silent little prayer that the wind wouldn't change direction, and I would get my tailwind most of the way back to the car. I did have that tailwind, and made the pace I wanted to for my day 1 of Hawaii from Home. I got back to the car and felt quite beat up from riding almost two hours in the wind. I decided to go home, refuel, and then decide whether I would run or just add the run miles to the next 3 days. After eating and getting refreshed, I decided on the latter.
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