Monday, December 20, 2010

Iron Christmas Virtual 70.3 Race


Just when I thought it was going to be all right to take it easy this week, welcome some family to California, and go to a few holiday parties, Luke from The Super Fatlete dropped this little nugget on his blog this morning - The Iron Christmas Virtual 70.3 Race.  Between today and Friday, each entrant must swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles.  I've become a big fan of virtual races so of course I'm in.  There where a few scheduling/logistics issues to deal with, but I think I've got them sorted.  My plan is below:

Monday 12/20 (today) - No mileage towards the race as I had a previous commitment with my swim coach.  I'm not sure counting laps with fins and/or paddles would be fair, though then again I suppose all the training aids do is allow me to swim as fast as a normal person.

Tuesday 12/21 - Run 8 or 9 miles after work, most likely in the middle of a rain & wind storm.  Great.

Wednesday 12/22 - This is a key day.  I'll need to take a longer lunch, get a ride to the gym to swim my 1.2 miles, change into running clothes, run back to work to get the rest of the running miles in, suffer through the rest of the day with just a wet-nap shower, go home and clean up, pick up Ian, go to the airport to pick up my sister and stop by the gym on the way home to pick up my swim stuff.  A stressful day, but doable.


Thursday 12/23 - Provided the storms are over I'll put 20 or so miles on the bike.  The only catch here is that last week I had the brilliant idea (clearly well before I knew about this race) to host a pot luck lunch for my office staff.  So the bike ride will involve me scamming a second lunch.  Since it's the holidays and thus slow work-wise, this shouldn't be a problem.

Friday 12/24 - Provided I stay on schedule through Thursday, I'll be home free.  Because I was planning on doing 40-50 miles on the bike Friday morning anyway.

Who else is in?

17 comments:

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

Darn it, I'm getting my bike next week! =(

The Green Girl said...

Good luck!

If I saw that guy next to me at a race, I'd be terrified. I'm just sayin'...

Adrienne said...

I am so NOT in---ha ha, but good luck to everyone who is! Merry Christmas!

Christi said...

Good luck! I would join you but I am a wuss this time of year!

Big Clyde said...

I'm in!

Shannon (IronTexasMommy) said...

Hmmm.. I've already got the swim in. Planning on a 6 mile run, a trainer ride tonight. Might be doable. I'll probably just go as "unofficial" seeming that I never seem to submit my times for these things.

Rae said...

Good luck in the virtual race!

Allison said...

I SOOOOO WISH I WASN'T SICK!!! DAMN IT!!!!!!!

I totally want to do this but I know there is NO way I can push that out by Friday - under normal circumstances it would be easy peasy but not while battling a snot filled nose and sore throat.

Good luck to you though - I will totally be cheering you on!

Ryan said...

Aw man can I count yesterday??? I'd miss 3 miles running, 2000 yards swimming and 16 miles biking!!!!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Great plan, hope al lthe pieces fall into place!

Luke said...

Potluck lunch at work? You must be the coolest boss- are you hiring?

Thansk for the backlink! I thinkt he prizes are going to be more awesome than the race.

Aimee said...

That sounds like so much fun, but there is no way I can get it all in by Friday! Good luck though!!

Cynthia O'H said...

What a great idea! Have fun doing it!

valen said...

great plan. I should join one of these. but since is Wed morning here in NZ It'll be terribly unfair to me.
GO HARD!

lindsay said...

That sounds fun! I don't swim though. Good luck! And merry Christmas!!

Barbie said...

You can do this with your eyes closed Patrick. Have fun.

Megan said...

I so want to be in this Christmas half iron, but my pool access is slim pickings these days. Maybe I'll shoot for a duathlon and just do the bike and run.

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