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Nov 29: RACE DAY!

So many things racing through my mind today! Anticipation, worry, excitement, joy, fear, love, concerns, ‘what if’s’, ….such a busy brain this morning…… Have to keep going back to trust…… Trust in my training – there was a LOT of it! Trust in my body – it has been conditioned to DO this. Trust in…

Nov 29th: Pre Race mtg and Final prep! Race starts tomorrow!!

Managed to get a solid 6 hours sleep before my brain kicked in.  Staying at the hotel was a good call, quiet, restful, put me in a good head space. Darren and Lyle picked me up and we were early at the Sheraton for the Breakfast and Pre Race meeting.  Lots of greetings and reunions…

Ultraman Crew Chief Update…

Aloha from Hawaii! This day has been coming for quite some time.  Scott has asked the crew (Lyle and I) to blog about this experience but for those of you who know me, I am more of a talker than a writer.  Now is the time to get some thoughts down before race morning which…

Nov 27: Registration Check In, Swag and the LAST pre race training!

Today was PACKED from stem to stern!! We headed down to Keauhou bay for a swim, and to meet up with Jochen, one of the athletes from Germany.  Someone stole his wetsuit at the pier yesterday (BOOOOO!) and we had a spare via my friend/Crew Chief Darren, so we lent it to him so he…

Nov 26: No training, tons of prep, organizing and last minute details!

Lyle and I were up early and after a meal, spent over 2 hours planning step by step on how every phase of the race could be handled by the crew.  Darren and I have gone through much of this as well, so it was a great brainstorming session. Then we left to pick up…

Nov 25: Swimming with a Whale

Up early today to get to Lava Java to meet up with other athletes for a swim in Kealakekua Bay.  Several of the athletes have been swimming with dolphins over the past week or so, and I wanted to see if I could be so lucky. Lyle was along for his first island adventure, and it…

Nov 24: 5′ Below, and 10,000′ above sea level!

Up early and off to the pool with Darren and the boys!  Coach had me on a pool swim today to work on technique – often when a person swims open water all the time, details are lost in stroke mechanics and there is a tendency to get slower and lazy: can’t have that!  The…

Nov 23: Kohala Summit ride, and Sunset run

Had a decent night last night – thanks to all those who have been telling me their suggestions for ending this cough.  Here is what I have been doing: Ginseng (cold effects), Oil of Oregano, Grapefruit Seed Extract for the first week in Canada and for another week or so here. I have since added…

Nov 22: Chocolate Day

As an update on the cough – I slept with several pillows under me to be a bit more upright and had a decent sleep with very little coughing.  I have also been using Nasol and an essential oil blend a lot – and it seems to be helping! The day started with a quick…

Nov 21: Seriously need to be done with this cough…..

I had high hopes the coughing was done…I was wrong.  Coughed until my head pounded and my neck muscles ached last night.  From 2:30 am until 6 am I never slept more than 10 minutes before having a full body wretching cough attack into the pillow (trying not to wake my family up).  Tried to…

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