Ok, picking up from Methods of Endurance Training: 2011 Season Part 14, it’s time for the first part of the race report. There will actually be a bit of overlap with the previous article just in terms of the days. And if it seems a bit more stream of consciousness than usual, it’s because I’m doing it on the fly to kill time in the hotel.
I slept like a log Thursday night and this was actually a weird weekend sleep wise. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I tend not to sleep on the night before a race but so long as I got a good night’s sleep the night before the night before I’m fine. The problem being that I was racing two days in a row. I was worried that a bad night’s sleep tonite would affect me on Sunday. Mind you, this wasn’t worth putting much mental energy into; I couldn’t do anything about it.
I puttered around the house Friday morning, dealt with dog stuff and did one last equipment check; I’m always worried about forgetting something and that’s where I get a little bit OCD about it, checking and rechecking. I had my main skates with the 110 mm wheels (and the wheels I’d skated Thursday) and just in case of rain, I packed my 100mm frames as well (along with some normal 100mm race wheels); I have some wheels that supposedly run on wet pavement. I had some extra bearings to dick around with those as well.
Travel, as always was a nightmare. Between a weather delay and then sitting on the runway for an hour waiting for something to let us leave, it was mainly frustrating. I truly hate traveling of late for this reason but driving the 15 hours would have been too exhausting. Not that I didn’t still consider it if only to avoid dog separation anxiety.
The upshot was that I rolled into Chicago at 4pm, by the time I got my bags and my rental car, it was rush hour. Joy. So I ground my way down to the event site to get my race packet and find the actual race course even if all I wanted to do was go to the hotel. Glad I did too, where we picked up the packets was NOT where the race was going off. I went to the actual race site and got a chance to check out some of the course. The pavement wasn’t as smooth nor as flat as the event site had led me to believe but I had made the right wheel selection anyhow.