Monday, July 27, 2009

Day off

Took a very deep two-hour nap this afternoon, starting to feel delayed-onset muscle fatigue from yesterday's race! Rather enjoyable - I cranked out some quota pages and did some editing before that, so it is OK - now I think I will try and have another editing session.

Meanwhile, I share the link for a most amazing race - it is Triathlete L.'s notion that we should do it next year, and I must say that it looks most enticing - I am contemplating the allure of the Vibram Five-Fingers as shoes in which one can easily swim as well as run! I believe it may be in conflict with the IM Wisconsin timing for 2010, but it sounds like such an INCREDIBLY and perfectly alluring race, if it were the week before, it would almost be worth doing despite the requirements of the taper....

Another race I am slightly wishfully looking at for 2010, after an amazing conversation with my brother J. about what might be arranged in the way of a long visit to Marfa, TX next spring to do some serious bike miles in the wide open spaces of West Texas (not to mention the chance of swimming in the world's largest swimming pool! It is not nearby, more like 100 miles away, but sounds well worth a trip!) - the Fort Davis Hammerfest!

(Here was a very good race report I liked, with some pictures and descriptions that made it sound very challenging but not actually scary so long as I didn't mind going slower than most of the other racers!)

Anybody with local know-how on this race? It is possible it is just beyond my skill levels, and more appropriate for me to contemplate as a spectator - I know that I would not have the nerve or the handling skills for a really crowded bike-racing situation. But I cannot imagine that this is nearly as crowded a course as, say, bike-racing in Central Park or Prospect Park sounds like, and I wonder whether I couldn't enroll in the beginner's category and give it a try - it would certainly be an adventure...


Wendy said...

Glad you had a productive day!

The Shawungunks definitely looks like an interesting experience.

I don't want to sound negative, but I would put it off a year if IM Moo is really on the program. 5.5 miles of rough trail running is not really consistent with IM taper (particularly if you don't do rough trails regularly). Even minor injuries prior to an Ironman can sabotage you.

(Also, I am somewhat sceptical the Five-Finger shoes are supportive or protective enough for rough trails.)

Brent Buckner said...

I have read of Survival of the Shawangunks. Brutal course, strikes me as unsuitable anytime close to an IM that one cares about.

Danielle in Iowa said...

Oh man, I can't even imagine carrying my sneakers on the swim! I imagine you get used to running in soggy shoes?