I am writing tonight from the stormy Timber forest, where, from my hotel room, I am having just a taste of that wonderful thrill that most of the campers around here must be experiencing every time the lightning strikes!
I was waiting for that storm. Not just because of the lightning, but mostly because rumors have it that there is a cold front coming and... this might be the first sign of it cooling down. Now cold, here, is a relative term. It has been so HOT!
I am starting to feel race ready (and so is mom! she has started saving her voice), I feel explosive, I am focusing now on keeping it all for race day!
I have explored the courses several times. They are beautiful and I know them quite well now.
The way I study the course is strange but I find it very fun. I usually drive the course, I then identify-things, places or views- that make different sections of particular interest and help me divide it. That way, on race day, I can get the best effort by always staying motivated on the next section objective.
This time, I had quite a laugh when I got to divide this one into sections because we found many strange things along the road that gave some funny race section ideas:
I don t want you to know how ridiculous my course divisions can get so I wont describe the sections but I will show you some pictures of some of the odd things that inspired me to name the sections.
Here is the reasoning behind the -Mag course dividing theory-: If something is very odd or funny, there is little chance you will forget about it, and if you are lucky, during the race, it might even make you smile!
This time, there was definitely some odd things material!
Among odd things: The lost sea monster.
The bear that will not make you run.
The flying car.
Has Santa been naughty?
The big white rock meditating area
The watch dog that never moved.
Smiley face. Much needed at the bike turnaround!
Though not on the course, this was also an odd thing I saw!: Mom taking the wiener dogs for a ride. For all you dog lovers out there!
Now for a more serious idea of the Timberman race scene:
The water was warm and, as you can see, waist deep, for a long time!
I also went for a swim with David Kahn today, David is a new Lifesport athlete and will be racing pro on Sunday. We had quite an adventure trying to get a swim in between thunder storms.
More news a little later! Cheers!