I’m having a hard time controlling my excitement for this weekend, so you guys are going to have to bear with me for the next 7 days.  🙂  I am already stalking the weather, and as of today it looks like the high for New Orleans on Sunday is going to be 75 degrees & sunny.  WOW.  If it stays like that, then it will be perfect racing temps.  This is also about the time where I pat myself on the back for getting a full body wetsuit, as it will be in the 60’s that morning and I’m sure Lake Pontchartrain is reeeeeeeeeeeally cold. 

As some of you may have already seen on Facebook, my run yesterday went as well as could be expected.  As long as I stay around a 12 minute mile, my leg is fine and pain-free.  If I try to go faster than that, I experience some popping in the cartilage… which is not good.  It will be hard to go at that pace since I’m used to 9 minute miles, but slow & steady wins the race this time around.   I was talking to my future brother-in-law yesterday evening, who happens to be a physical therapist, and he said it is just a matter of conditioning and time before I can get back to my normal speed.  However, that is not likely to happen before Sunday.  Since I will have just gotten done with a 2 1/2-3 hour bike before hitting the road that day, I doubt I want to go much faster than a 12 minute mile anyway!  And, if necessary, the option to walk is always there.  The race cap-off time is around 7 hours and 40 minutes if I remember correctly, so as long as I cross before then I will get an official finisher’s medal.  But in the worst case scenario and I can’t finish, then I will be happy & content with what I could accomplish that day.  It’s just a matter of what I can & can’t do.

We had an amazing family dinner last night of short ribs, broccoli salad, wheat berry salad and cucumbers with greek yogurt.  Honestly, I could have only eaten the “sides” only and had a well-rounded meal… but since my dad slaved over his “egg” for hours I did have a small piece of short rib (and it was faaabulous).  I never cook, but since I have a strange obsession with broccoli these days I was more than happy to chip in.  I mixed toasted sesame seeds & cashews, EV sesame seed oil, garlic, yellow raisins, and salt & pepper along with the raw broccoli for a bowl full of YUM.  😀  I got the recipe off of MyRecipes.com (where Mike happens to edit the online videos for).  I’m so lucky to have such a health-conscious family who cares about what they put in their bodies.  I have learned by example, no doubt.  🙂

Last night's family dinner. One of my favorites yet!