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Ragnar Las Vegas--it's almost here!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I can't believe it's already time for Ragnar Las Vegas! We are all packed and ready to fly out late tonight; I don't feel as prepared in terms of training as I would have liked, but we've done well enough with our last few races that I think we'll be okay.

I will likely be offline for a few days as I am not taking a computer (duh!) and cell phone coverage is going to be spotty at least for the first part of the race. We start out at about 8400 feet elevation and run our first legs all downhill (wheee!). My second leg, however, is all UPhill; I'm hoping that it's not too steep a grade, it doesn't look that bad on paper. Real life can be a whole 'nother thing, though! My third leg is my longest one (7+ miles) but is basically all downhill as well.

It should be an interesting experience; weather projections for the start line are high wind warnings up until about 4 a.m. (we start at 6 a.m.), with light snow possible starting around 10 a.m. And we thought we were heading to sunshine and warm weather! It will be warmer when we get down the mountain, but highs are only projected to be in the upper 50s. That's not a bad thing for running, but really? I was thinking I'd need to take all short sleeves and running skirts; my bag now includes some wool for a base layer and capris as well as running skirts.

I'm so glad I opted to take today off as well as Thursday and Friday. I had my annual exam this morning, and it's been nonstop ever since--exchanging a top I'd gotten, rechecking what we packed (and adding the things we'd forgotten), making sure we have our tickets, hotel info, etc., giving the house a lick and a promise, getting cash. Whew, no wonder I'm tired already, LOL!

I remembered to post my weight for the Cats team since I likely won't have a scale (certainly not mine) or be online Saturday, and I was very surprised to see the number today: 142.1--a new low weight. That means I've lost 110 pounds now, and my BMI is creeping slowly down into the 'healthy' range. (I think I'm now at 25.2, and 25 or less is considered a healthy BMI.) Woo hoo!

Time to log off and get ready for TRX training. I debated whether to skip it or not tonight since we'll be leaving an hour or so later, but I've done everything I can think of to get ready, so it will be good to burn off some of this nervous energy and some calories. If you get a chance to try TRX, by all means, do it; I'm loving the class and trying to figure out how we can get the equipment and set it up here at home. That combined with the strength training class I've been taking has made a difference; my measurements went down at the first of the month for the first time in awhile, and when I used the leg press out in the gym last weekend, I was shocked to discover I could increase the weight all the way up to 160 pounds. Yeah, regular strength training makes a difference!

Have a wonderful rest of the week, friends. I hope life settles down a little for me when I get back; I haven't had nearly as much time for SparkPeople lately as I would like. Remember that small steps lead to big changes over time; it's hard to see it when you're in the midst of things, but when you look back you'll be amazed how far you've come.

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    Way cool on the weight loss! I know you will have a great race, take the time to enjoy. Do hope you don't get snow. Looking forward to the details on your return home.
    2321 days ago

    Have a great time! Can't wait to hear the stories!!
    2321 days ago
    You are fabulous! You're going to run fabulously! Thanks for sharing the fabulousness!
    Seriously, run strong and happy and Enjoy!
    2321 days ago
    Such a great blog! Have a fantastic trip. I hope everything goes smooth. AND WAY TO GO on 110 lbs. Wow that is so impressive and inspiring. Can't wait to hear all about your trip and race.

    2321 days ago
    So ready and excited!! I am jealous that you took extra time off. i am gong to be scrambling this afternoon before we head to the airport. We will have a blast!!!
    2321 days ago
    Can't wait to read about your trip and race. emoticon
    2322 days ago
    Can't wait to read about your trip and race. emoticon
    2322 days ago
    Your blogs are always so motivating to me! GEEZ, 110 pounds? A new low weight? 25.2 BMI? A Ragnar Relay? TRX training? It's ALL GOOD!

    I love your final line; "small steps lead to big changes over time; it's hard to see it when you're in the midst of things but when you look back you'll be amazed at how far you've come."

    You are a testament to that philosophy and I am learning from people like you to adopt it. No quick fixes, just small steps over time.

    Have fun at the race and we'll be looking forward to the blog when you get back!
    2322 days ago
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