Packing for Hawaii…

There’s a lot going into packing for this trip to Hawaii, especially since I’m not going out there to Kona to race but to have a vacation as a support team member of Michael Bernatovich (Dustin’s younger brother). It’s funny because I’ve started with my necessities – I rented a sweet little tri bike for 3 days when I’m out there… so my suitcase includes my HooHa On the Go packs (more about Hoo Ha on Thursday, be sure to check that out!), my bike helmet, my 1bandID, my VMR and Fluid kits, bike shoes, and when I get to NOLA on Friday, we’ll be taking my pedals off for my rental. We’ll also be taking off my Oval 985’s in the event Mike decides to race with those. I have all my swim gear – goggles, cap, suit, and for when I’m doing PT in our infinity pool, I’ll have my waterproof iPod. The GU is packed just in case and if you haven’t had the Island Nectar, GET IT! It’s like having a little cocktail in your mouth while working out! KT Tape is packed, 110% Play Harder compression is packed, BRD Knee brace is packed…fresh Xtenex laces are packed because I totally plan on buying a new pair of Newtons! you’d think I was a triathlete or something?!

Then we have all the support team shirts (that I’m still patiently waiting to get the phone call on that they are ready) and other goodies. So here’s the deal… on race day, you see me out there in my YELLOW BERNATOVICH shirt, say hey! I am taking extra packs of FLUID & HOO HA RIDE GLIDE on the go packs out for you!!! FIND ME!! I’d love to meet up with you & chat!! If you can’t find me, tweet me at trintriagain – I’ll come FIND YOU!! 🙂

I have laundry to do, like regular people stuff, you know the stuff regular people wear while on an island (and making sure my Endurance Obsession shirt is packed!). Terrified for that but at the same time I’m on vacation (this injury has not done a bit of good for my body image). I can’t wait to check out the great craft brewery’s, paddle board, surf, go deep sea fishing… yes, we have a full agenda!

Here’s the other deal folks, Michael is having a contest... there’s no following, no extra things you have to do for entries… just pick an available time – he’s giving away a sweet prize pack (I’m saying that because he’s saying it but he won’t tell me what’s in it – SUPER SECRET! I did get out of him that one of his sponsors, Nuun will be in the pack!!) So go check out his blog… ANYONE CAN ENTER!!!

Make sure you follow trintriagain (here, the FB page, & on twitter, if you’re not already)… I’ll be doing daily updates from Kona and Thursday, I’m telling you more about the A-MAZ-ING-NESS OF HOO HA for Gear Junky Thursday!!!! We leave Sunday… here’s hoping for a smooth day of traveling with bikes, luggage, and who knows what else is going out there with us!!

Trying, no just say I’m DOING…

So this weekend I went down to New Orleans to help Dustin get everything back up to north Mississippi for the week… Stella had been down there for 2 weeks so we had the kennel, her and her dog food to bring up, in addition to Mylee and Apollo, clothes, bikes… you’re seeing the picture now.

When I got to NOLA on Friday, I found myself in an interesting conversation about trying vs. doing during happy hour at Superior Grill (best margaritas in town). I really don’t think about it when I say I’m going to try this or I’m going to do this. The conversation went onto if you say you’re going to try your also leaving the door open to fail whereas if you say you’re going to do, the only option is to succeed. Thinking about Ironman Texas, the only mentality I can have is to do… battling the south Texas heat, the humidity from hell, and what can only mean to me that I am going to do this thing! So Dustin and I continued to have a good time Friday night only to have to wake up at 4:30a Saturday morning to meet up with some Venom teammates and some of the Hard, Inc.’ers to ride on the north shore. It was a GREAT hilly ride! I think I’m adjusting to the hills and actually loving them – especially when I get to go down! lol. I think I need to work on my nutrition a bit in the heat… I had all Nuun and 2 GU gels on me (one regular and one Roctane) and I think when I do 2 bottles of Nuun and 2 bottles of Accelerade Hydro, it’s a better mix for me with the GU. Kind of felt sick after the ride but there could be so many factors playing into that! After we finished, we went straight to IHOP for some breakfast with Jonathan and Ashley Steudlein… it was delicious!

Sunday, Dustin and I packed up and headed back to Starkvegas – he’s up here for the week visiting and I couldn’t be happier! We headed straight to the pool… met up with Michael Lee (one of the MSU triathlete’s) and man it’s been a while for me. On the bright side, I’m getting my membership and won’t have any more excuses for not swimming but, I do miss open water swimming! I’ll get it this weekend at Sunfish Triathlon. We went to Piggly Wiggly afterwards for some groceries when I saw a yellow watermelon!! Dustin and I were both excited as we’ve been looking for one for almost a year (VMR, get ready, we’re bringing one down for the race this weekend!)… it’s delicious!

Mmmm, Mmmm, GOOD!

I was going out with Michael for a ride Monday morning, before the Tour started being televised again, and last minute, Dustin decided he was riding too. We were on new pavement and he just got done telling me about how tarry it is and how he always blows a tube… not 2 seconds later, he had a flat! So I rode ahead, late, and he’d taken off (I don’t blame him). Dustin caught up to me and took off… we rode about 20 and I could tell I wasn’t using my Fluid the way I typically do. 

Dustin decided to get my race wheels on (I bought them like 2 months ago and have been impatiently waiting to use them) while I napped. He adjusted my saddle for me and of course, I immediately put on a pair of shorts and headed out to scare the neighbors walking with my whoosh, whoosh, whoosh sound. I was amazed by the difference. For the first time in a while, my seat felt great and I could not believe what a difference my disk and 404 Zedtech makes… 
Ready to roll this weekend! 
Now onto a taper… the goal is to place in the Athena division this weekend at Sunfish. I’m ready for the hills… time to rep Venom and Mississippi State Triathlon! I’m going to DO THIS! Whoooo hoooo!