Sorry for the brief hiatus — travelling across the globe can do that to you.
I have made it to the country in which my race is being held (still have about a 3-hour drive and a couple of adventures before I finally get to the site). The trip over was fabulous – got up front on the leg from LA for the win. I spent a long 9 hours in the Sydney terminal before boarding the flight into Wellington where Sam and Laura were waiting – just so happy to see their sweet faces!
I haven’t blogged since I travelled back east to attend my mother-in-law’s funeral in South Carolina. Jesse and Glenda both spoke and did a lovely job memorializing her.
The two kids and I got on a plane the very next day, flew to Atlanta, then within about 2 hours boarded planes to Paris, Colorado, and Los Angeles. I trained another day in the warm California sun before getting on yet another plane, this one headed Down Under.
My bike and bag w/gear arrived safely in Sydney where I cruised the airport like a homeless person/grocery cart combo til I could check them on the flight to New Zealand.
Sam had texted me before leaving the states asking for the usual I-can’t-get-this-here-would-you-bring-me-some _______, so I got the requested items: graham crackers, Nilla wafers, marshmallows, black beans – I got them all through New Zealand’s hyperactive biosecurity panel except the black beans.
No training today, but Sam and Laura and I will ride tomorrow, then we’re headed to Mangaweka where they were raft guides all summer and kayak a day or two. I check into my rustic cabin on the lake on Sunday, and begin the countdown to Saturday. Jesse will begin his long journey over next Monday.
Thank you for all your kind comments – Dora, Renee, Susan, Lisa – your words mean so much more than you can know. I will have them memorized and at the ready when I’m in the water, on the bike, and on the run.
I’m enjoying myself in spite of the stress, and really and truly can’t wait for the race to get here. I’ll have to check out the internet situation at Taupo to know how that’s going to look, but I’ll do the best I can with the blog.
Thanks for reading!
February 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm
Thanks for keeping us updated- sounds like the journey has been amazing so far- when you jump in the water- know that we are cheering for you!!
February 28, 2010 at 7:56 am
I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that you are with me girl – from one former chunky to another, I know you know the significance of this event! Thank you for being my biggest cheerleader – I promise you I will be at the tennis match of your choosing this summer (I’ll be the one in the stands with the low-carb margarita in the sports bottle).
Love you to pieces…
February 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm
You are a rock star from another planet mom. I’m so proud of you, you’ve worked so hard with all the training and you’re now about to show that iron man who’s boss!
I’ll be thinking of you at 7am N.Z. time on March 6th!
February 28, 2010 at 8:00 am
Well, baby girl, I’m so glad you are proud of me – you are one of the top 4 reasons I love to do this!! You and your sibs make ME so terribly proud and you inspire me to do my best!
Best I can figure it, it will be 10:00 am on March 5 for the starting time, running to 3 am on March 6???
Thanks for the shoutout…
I love you!
February 26, 2010 at 1:33 am
I remember travelling with odd luggage. I once went to a game convention in Baltimore with a case full of metal miniatures. A rifle case, that is. Strangely enough, the crew of the plane to Baltimore didn’t bat an eye, but the crew of the plane coming back home had an attack of paranoia and insisted that I check it instead of carrying it on, even after I offered to let them look inside it. Whatever.
Don’t get over-psyched or train yourself completely out in the next few days. I realize you don’t want to be really slack in the last few days, but you don’t want to use yourself up either, right? We’ll have to have a little wine party when you get back triumphant. If the make wine in New Zealand, bring a bit back for the celebration.
Come to think of it, when you get back, I may in Mississippi stabbing people during the day and dancing away the nights (http://gulfwars.org), so don’t start the party without me.
February 28, 2010 at 8:03 am
Ted – of course you’ve travelled with weird luggage – I would have been so disappointed if you hadn’t!
Oh, we are SOOOO doing that wine thing when I get back. Don’t have any idea of return date – probably going to kayak a multi-day trip with son again after the race, so just check my FB status – hope to be home mid-March-ish.
I have two bottles of that very delicious NZ wine in my room now – one glass a day is part of my training nutrition, don’tcha know?
Thanks for your support —
see you in march!
February 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm
Good to see your blog…have been checking every day or so and wondering. I may have shared this quote before, but it seems to fit as you move toward the Ironman. I keep this quote taped to the wall in my office so I am reminded of it often. “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
David and I know that our support has a long way to travel…but we hope you can feel it…tons of positive thoughts and prayers coming your way. With much love, Renée
February 28, 2010 at 8:07 am
My precious Duggers:
Thanks for all your support – I really can feel it all the way over here!
When you sent me that quote the first time I posted it on my Facebook page as one of my favorites, and it’s one of the ones I memorized to help me through the harder times on Saturday! I love the admission of “enjoying much and suffering much”…that really is the cost most of the time when undertaking something as grand as this.
Your kind words have meant so much to me – you are one of MY inspirations and I’m so proud of you both!
I love you more than you know…
February 26, 2010 at 4:54 pm
Well I have been sending you e-mails with no returen e-mail. I didn’t know thiil that you could send a message on a Blog. To old to be in touch with the new world. Don’t forget what the goal is if you come in under the time limit. You must stay focused. Have you developed a Mathmatical formula that you are going to process while competing? So train hard and rest a lot. Thats an Order.
February 28, 2010 at 8:10 am
My dearest Col. Joe —
Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my blog!! I will absolutely follow orders (like I’m always prone to do — HA!) and will train hard and rest a lot. I can’t wait to see you when I get back – and I DO remember my time goal…
Thanks again for the sweet words and Order…