Bonus blog: arranging the day around the race
Saturday, October 13, 2018
What does one do when a fangirl of events that last 8 to 17 hours? Well, clearly, one arranges life around what's going on in the race... did my donations this morning and my grocery shopping before Hawaii time got to race start. Having done this for several years, I kind of estimate: the pros are getting off the bike... it must be about supper time!
The pros will finish in less than an hour now. The pro men that is. Because they are on record setting pace. The leader and defending World Champion, Patrick Lange, has 7.5 miles to go on the 140.6 mile combined race. He's been averaging 6:34 minutes per mile on the marathon (after having broken the bike course record for 112 miles, and prior to that swimming 2.4 miles in Kailua bay)!
As I go through my solid meals over the course of the day, I am mindful that these folks have been living on race nutrition for going on 8 hours now. And the age groupers? Who are still out on the bike? By the time they finish, it could be up to 17 hours living on "race nutrition". Usually that means things like Gatorade, jelly beans, and power gels.
I usually am brushing my teeth and heading for bed as some of the slower age groupers are just starting their marathon! And I shall get up at 4 a.m. to watch that magical last hour, when the final "official" finishers cross the line.
Once again, a satisfying day, getting inspired and fired up!