It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, or even a blog post for that matter.
Here we go…
Raleigh was kind of a beast, but I loved it.
A few things about Raleigh
- It’s hot
- It’s humid as f*ck
- Point-to -point race
- The people are really nice
- The city is really clean
- It’s SO GREEN everywhere, and so lush. Now I think I know why they call it the “city of oaks” ?
- It’s a tough race
- Rolling hills for dayssss..but not as bad as the course profile makes it out to be
- No shade on the run – think Kona-like conditions
- Pizza at the finish line!
Our adventure down to Raleigh started with a long road trip the Thursday before race day. You know things are good with your significant other when you are still laughing after 11+ hours in the car… that’s all:)
Thursday night, after driving 7+ hours, we stayed in Fairfax VA . I got to see one of my best college gal pals in the AM on Friday, then we were on our way to Raleigh. Four hours later, we made it to Raleigh, did all the check in stuff, registration, spent more than we needed to at the athlete expo. I talked to the head referee, who was way cool, and got my wrist brace officially approved. I had been emailing him to make sure it was OK to race with a wrist brace on my arm.
Friday was all the typical pre-race stuff, including a carb load dinner , which I think we both got food poisoning from (awesome). If it wasn’t the food, it was something we contracted during our travels, because we both spent all of Friday night and Saturday feel ill (I’ll spare the details). Grrrreat. Because getting sick is great for staying hydrated before a hot race, not.
Saturday morning started with a pretty shake out bike ride on the Greenway and a short run… then is was off to carb load! The only thing was, we didn’t feel like carb loading. In fact, we could barely eat our pancakes. I was so nauseous… way worse than my typical pre-race jitters nausea. The pancakes were a struggle, and to be honest, I wasn’t even that full for a carb load. I spent the rest of the day hydrating like a champ and relaxing as much as I could. My carb loading faves are non-fiber and low fat foods such as: pretzels, fig newtons, sports drink, bread.. and more bread… basically nothing that’s healthy for you, but is great for loading up for race day.
Later that afternoon we drove out to Jordan Lake (40 min drive) to drop off our bikes at T1. We weren’t allowed to swim in the water at the lake, but I touched it with my hands and it was WARM. Kind of like sitting in a warm bath tub feels like… this mean’t no wet suit! A “small” detail I didn’t know about Raleigh until after I signed up: It’s a point-to-point race. It makes for more details to tie up before the race and a little more confusion. There were two transition areas, T1 at Jordan Lake and T2 in downtown Raleigh.
The transition area in T1 was gorgeous! I got a money spot thanks to my AWA standings (thanks Ironman!)
After sweating our butts off during transition set up, we drove on the bike course for about 30 miles (highly recommend this with any race) and it was cool to see what to expect the next day! Then is was back to the hotel for vegging out and trying not to be on our feet as much as possible.