It was nice to sleep in the next day for a bit. I wanted to leave the house by 10 because I had a lot of running around to do. I knew it would be a busy day and wasn't even sure what time I'd get back at night! First thing, I took my unpacked bike in its box over to the UPS store to see how much it would cost to ship back to Chicago. I was told it would be $133. No way was I going to do that. I decided that since it was so much I would just bring it on the plane with me since 1)its cheaper and 2)I'd have my bike with me at all times. Only problem is that its a big pain to carry that box around the airport. I then put my bike together in the parking lot. You wouldn't believe how many people stopped and asked me how to get some place or where something was. Just had to keep saying I'm from outta town. I got the bike together and darn..the end piece to my wheel easy release fell off in the box and went missing.
So I drove down to a bike shop and it took almost an hour! They were very generous and gave me the piece at no charge. I also pumped the wheels up so that I could ride the bike course when I got there. The shop was close to Mesa though so I swung by the Cubs practice facility. Got there around 12:30 and darn! They were just finishing up. Caught a glimpse of Geo Soto though. Tried to get his autograph but he was in a hurry and said to come back tomorrow, haha. I then made my way over to the bike course to pick up my packet and then practice a little bit.
While driving over..I noticed the sun was out and take a look at the temp!
It soon went up to 72 and I was lovin' it! Made it over to the course and put together this trusty stead:
My initial workout was going to be ride 30 mins and run 20. I got onto the bike and remembered the bike course from doing this race 2 years ago. Its really simple, just out and back with not many turns. I was cruising along and just soaking in the warm weather, being outside, and seeing the mountains in the background. Before I knew it, I was at the 10.5 mile turnaround point and heading back. I rode the whole 21 mile course and it felt like nothing. Got back to the car and was heating up so I ran in just my shorts and a tank. Wow, why can't it be like that back in Chicago?! I ran the 2nd run course of 2.7 miles. I remembered that the 2nd run course was a lot more difficult and that a few guys went off course 2 years ago. I wanted to make sure I knew where I was going and to see how tough it was. Did some strides and then felt ready to go!
After racking my bike and warming up, I came back to see that two pro women's bikes were next to mine. Michelle Jones and Sam McGlone! Michelle's is sweeeeeet. I need a custom job like that :)
The rest of the day I relaxed and had an AMAZING dinner at the house. I need to learn to cook like that! Watched some TV and then was time to get ready for home.