-Lunch: 2 cheese quesadillas with salsa, and a bowl of granola with 2% milk.
-Dinner: Haven't eaten yet, but Corned Beef and potatoes are on the agenda!
-Snacks: Some jelly beans from the Easter Bunny, and a glass of cran-raspberry juice.
2 hour run, unfortunately on the treadmill (40 and pouring rain today, imagine that in Seattle). Also unfortunate, it was supposed to be a 2.5 hour run, but... the Easter Bunny who covers the Pacific Northwest is, shall we say, a bit clumsy? He slipped down the stairs in the house trying to sneak an Easter Basket into the kitchen early in the morning. Ruined the surprise, but also twisted his knee a bit. Probably more scared than anything, but when it started to feel weird at the 2 hour mark, I decided to err on the safe side and throw in the towel.
Prior to the early end to the run, I was lucky enough to catch the last 30 minutes of an NBC special on the Silverman Iron Distance Race in Lake, Mead, NV. Those specials are the BEST motivation for a treadmill run! Whoever produces them, from the Ironman World Championships on down, really understands the "everyman" aspect of the sport. They don't really waste a lot of time showing the viewer the leaders of the race. In true triathlon fashion, they go for the human interest stories with GUSTO. This means they typically focus the coverage on those of us who come ina little closer to the 17 hour cut-off! It may sound cheesy, but I honestly cannot watch an Ironman finish chute without getting a little choked up... People are so expressive about what it means to finish, and all the blood/sweat/tears comes out in those last 30 feet of the 104.6 miles. Pretty awesome to watch!
It got me thinking though, as the Silverman race is one that has the reputation of being a CRAZY HARD bike course. After my experience in Lake Placid this past year (also a tough bike course, and one that ate me alive) I am intrigued by the "tough" Ironman courses. I have gotten ever more curious after I signed up for the IM St. George in Utah, 2010. I signed up before the course profiles were uploaded to the website, and after they were posted...
Well, below is the profile for St. George...
And, one more, below is the profile for Lake Place...
Hmmm... I am not a trained statistician, but I am noticing some glaring similarities here.