Saturday, June 20, 2009


Today was just beautiful! I went for a little 10 minute run in the morning, then I rode my bike down 10 minutes to the transition area to drop it off. When I got done, I met my family on the beach. They brought my wetsuit and goggles for me so I put those on and got out in the water. I could tell right away that it was warmer than Deer Creek was last week. It was a tiny bit wavy, but it didn't really bother me. The water was so clear, I could see the bottom the whole time, and I just really enjoyed being out there swimming. 

Pete went out with me, but he didn't have a wet suit. It took him about twice as long as me to get used to the water, and he had a hard time breathing at first.  When we started swimming, I expected to have him shoot ahead of me and to have a hard time keeping up with him, but I ended up leaving him in the dust - er bubbles. Of course, he hasn't been swimming much at all this past year, and he recently broke his collar bone, but still it made me feel good. After about 5 minutes or so of swimming, I asked him if he was still cold and he said he wasn't. 

We just swam for 10 minutes since that's what my training plan says to do. I didn't really want to stop, and I would have stayed out much longer if I wasn't planning a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run tomorrow.

The kids had so much fun playing in the sand and the water. This is about as close as you can get to going to the beach without actually going to the beach. It was fun, I'm so glad the sun came out!

I REALLY hope the weather is the same as it was today, that would be perfect! It wasn't too hot since it was a little cloudy, but it wasn't too windy or cold, and it didn't rain. Even if it rains, though, it will be ok. It's all for fun. I'm going to just try to enjoy this as much as I can. Who cares how fast I do it?

This is what my training plan says about tomorrow:
Swim: Steady and draft where possible. No pushing hard.
Bike: Execute your nutrition plan. No pushing hard. Don't push hard. And no pushing hard.
Run: Execute your nutrition plan. No pushing hard unless you're still running and fresh in the last 5k.
That is exactly what Pete keeps telling me. I know I'm going to have a hard time not pushing hard when all those fast guys go zooming past me. I will do my best, though. This is my race.

Oh, also, if you want to track me you can go to and put in "Lasko" or "2093." Cook bib number hu? I think Pete will be tweeting for me too so you can watch that. It should be a great day!


  1. Best of luck tomorrow! I'll be thinking of you all day, I hope it goes as planned and that you feel like you did your very best!

  2. Good Luck! Hope it goes well!

  3. Good luck! Hope it goes well!

  4. I can't blame my inferiority in the swim on the broken collarbone. Colleen trained hard, and is clearly a much faster swimmer than I am. The ride we went on the other day, I felt stronger on the hills than last year, but I definitely ran out of gas before her, and she paced right along with me. I'm 99% sure she's running better than I was at the time.

    I don't think I have a chance in this contest. Maybe I'll come back in 2011 and crush her. I'll crush all of you!!!! //walks off whimpering

    I'll be tweeting from Colleen's account, so that should show up on Twitter and Facebook. And on this site somewhere, I think.

  5. All the best Collen! You have worked so hard for this day! Hope you ace this one!

    ♥ Chaitra

  6. Way to go, Colleen! You looked awesome coming in!