Triathlon prep day!

Long post ahead!  Tomorrow is the big day and I am starting to get really excited! I can’t believe the day is almost here, it feels like it has been forever.

Spent some time working on my bike a bit, cleaning the chain and decided to do something fun with my helmet.

Old helmet:


After some Krylon!


I have a golden helmet now (I’ve got a golden ticket…..).  I love it!!!  Plus, it will make it easier to recognize my bike amongst all the others with this hanging on the handlebars!

The happy, makeupless biker!


Before assembling my transitions stuff, I had a yummy lunch of a whole wheat pita spread with homemade pesto, grilled chicken and fresh mozzarella, with strawberries, of course!


Getting the gear together:

For the swim (note swim cap provided tomorrow).


Transition from swim to bike to run. Some of this stuff will be in my front bike bag, as we don’t start and stop in the same place for the bike leg.


Coconut water, yogurt smoothie (really good for refuel), plus a tiny ice pack to keep said items cold in my bag. Sunscreen – I need to take time to put it on or I will burn for sure (sun predicted!). Riding gloves.  I am going to write a sticky note to remember to take off my helmet before the run!  I might just run with the gloves on because they are a little hard to get off quickly.  Missing is the Co2 canister spare fillup for my tires, which I will be getting today.

Extremely important post race items:


It’s very important that I triple check everything this afternoon, as I am going down to my sister’s to spend the night so I can knock 1/2 hour off of travel time.   It will be too late at that point if I forget something. We need to be there at 6:00 am tomorrow eeeek!!  That is flipping early!   I am so glad Colleen is doing this with me as well.

I am  going to cook an oatbran/banana/protein powder breakfast tonight and just heat it up in the morning.  That was my super fuel before my 5K PR race earlier this year, so I know it’s good fuel.

I have been having the funniest thoughts about this race:

  • “What if I am the heaviest one there?”
  • “What if I freak out in the water?”
  • “What if someone kicks me in the face in the water?”
  • “What if I lose a contact lens?”
  • “What if I finish last?”
  • “What happens if I throw up, do I finish?”

None of which matter one wit!  I know that none of these things is important at all, but it is funny how the mind works 😀

It’s going to take  less than 2 hours to finish (I hope!!) for all that work.  I am as ready as I can be.

I am really looking forward to seeing just what this 41-year-old body can do.

I will see you all on the flip side tomorrow night, with hopefully some pictures!

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17 thoughts on “Triathlon prep day!

  1. PTG1002

    I am so incredibly excited for you!!!

    My fingers are crossed for you – I know you’re going to rock it and do even better than you think you can. Adrenaline can do wonders sometimes! LOL

    I do have a question for you though – where did you get your helmet from? We still have to get ours, and I’m wondering where to go (I’m a little antsy about the whole Target/Walmart option…). Was it hard to spray paint it?

    1. Lori Post author

      The helmet was a gift from my sister, but knowing her shopping habits, it was likely Dick’s Sporting goods. I think you are okay with a target/walmart helmet as long as the box says that it meets standards.
      I used a Rustoleum gold spray paint and it worked like a charm! I thought it might bead up on the plastic, but it didn’t. Took me about 10 minutes to do 2 coats. Not sure how it will hold up over the long haul, but it sure is fun right now!

  2. roxie

    You will do great! I can’t wait to hear your race report. Not that I think you will finish anywhere close to last – but when I ran my first race – a 5 miler – I finished 199th out of 201 – and it mattered not one whit. What mattered is that I finished. And you will finish and you will be awesome. Try not to get too excited and get some good rest tonight. You are well-trained and well-prepared (love the helmet) and you will rock this challenge.

  3. Shelley B

    Love what you did to your helmet! It looks like you are all set…good luck tomorrow and have a great time! Looking forward to hearing all about it!!!

  4. Donna B

    I can’t wait to read the follow up on your tri!
    Good luck and get a good nights sleep!

  5. tri-scott

    Just enjoy yourself. Most likely none of those what if’s will happen. I know you will do great!!

  6. Jen, a prioraftgirl

    OMG OMG OMG I’m holding my breath waiting for an update! OK, I know you have a life outside of us in blog land but just wanted you to know I totally can’t wait to hear how it went!

  7. Cei

    Good luck Lori!!! Can’t wait to see how it all goes….what a fantastic achievement!!! 🙂

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