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Ready to Tri

by Meghann on July 22, 2011

Guess what tomorrow is?!?!


That’s right. It’s triathlon time baby!

The alarm is set for 3:00am and tomorrow morning I’m heading to Siesta Beach to compete in my fourth triathlon. Woop! Woop!

I’ve been mentally prepping myself all week and still can’t believe it’s tomorrow morning. Didn’t I just register yesterday? Also, I just discovered today that the run portion of this race is in the SAND! That’s 6.2 miles of sand – Yikes! Maybe I should reviewed the course map before registering? That could have been a deal breaker.

This afternoon I began gathering all the necessities for race day.


I think I have everything, but more than likely I’ll be scrambling come morning trying to uncover something I’ve forgotten.

Let’s see…

My bike and helmet are already in the car.

I have towels for wiping my feet down in the transition area.


Race belt. Goggles. Sunglasses. Cycling gloves. Race fuel. Sunscreen. Garmin.


Both cycling and running shoes (+ socks!)


Water bottles to be filled in the morning.


And my race outfit.


I’m going the ‘poor girl’ triathlete look with a one piece swimsuit + sports bra + tri shorts.


Nothin’ but class here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Am I forgetting anything?

The day before a race always means a day of goods eats.

Lunch was a big bowl of sauteed zucchini and yellow squash with marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella.


I love the combination of ricotta and mozzarella – it reminds me of making lasagna with my mom as a kid and eating spoonfuls of the ricotta filling as she layered the dish.


A quartered pita was perfect for soaking up the good stuff.



An afternoon peach.


According to Derek I’ve been slacking in the dinner department (said in a very loving, joking tone). My goal was to make up for it tonight with a real meal (especially since I’m making him wake up at some ungodly hour in the morning).


Sloppy Lentil Joes is one of Derek’s favorites. Just combine cooked lentils, carrot, onion, ketchup, mustard, and bbq sauce and you’ve got yourself an easy meal.


Sweet potato fries are my favorite. You can never go wrong with sweet potato fries and ketchup!


A meal fit for a queen. ๐Ÿ™‚

Followed by a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream and frozen cherries for dessert.

(camera battery was charging. use your imagination. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

The nerves are really starting to kick in! Even though I’m smack dab in the middle of Half Ironman Training, I still don’t feel quite prepared for a full triathlon – I guess it’s too late to pack out now.

Ready or not – Siesta Beach Tri – here I come!

Just for fun…

The recaps from the other triathlons I’ve done. ๐Ÿ™‚

1 Matteson July 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Good luck! Can’t wait to hear all about it!
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2 Holly July 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

You will do awesome! Just think of how much more prepared you will be for the half ironman after running 6.2 miles in the sand. Good luck!

3 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I can’t believe its tomorrow either! It seems like just yesterday you blogged about registering
Best of luck! Tear that tri up ๐Ÿ˜‰
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4 Courtney July 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Good luck times a million!!
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5 Amanda Russell July 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I remember I use to get a little nervous before a run. I don’t think that ever goes away.

-Amanda Russell

6 Alex July 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm

AAHHH! I’m so excited/nervous for you. I love reading your race recaps so I’ll be stalking your blog until then…. Good luck!
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7 Michelle @ Crazy*Running*Legs July 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Good luck!!! You know it will all come together – especially the run (isn’t that the best part?). You’ve got this ๐Ÿ™‚
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8 Sammi July 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Good luck tomorrow! Sarasota is beautiful…I went to college there. If you have time after you need to have breakfast at Yoder’s! If Derek is there he will love it because Man vs Food went there. Best homemade Amish food.

9 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm

How exciting!!! Have fun and rock it! I know you will. ๐Ÿ™‚
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10 Chelsea July 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Grab a hat for the run portion! Have a great time!
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11 Amy July 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Good luck! That is the cutest turtle EVER ๐Ÿ™‚

12 Kim July 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Good luck tomorrow. You will do great! I am actually vacationing on Siesta Key right now. Maybe I will try to catch the race. Siesta Key beach is bepautiful! Have fun.

13 Katherine July 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Good luck!

14 Jaclyn @realhealthwife July 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Good luck tomorrow! You have prepared and will do great, can’t wait to hear about it!
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15 Adrienne July 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Sloppy Lentil Joe’s sound amazing! I don’t eat beef but love the taste and messiness of sloppy joe’s. What ratio of ingredients did you use? Is there a recipe or do you just eyeball it?

16 Meghann July 23, 2011 at 3:39 am

I just eyeball it. ๐Ÿ™‚

17 Eric July 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Good luck tomorrow. I always put some anti-fog solution on my goggles the night before. Helps with the swim if you can see where you are going.

18 Sam @ Mom At The Barre July 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Lots of luck! I’m looking forward to reading all about it.
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19 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 22, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Good luck! I hope that it’s packed sand, I can’t even imagine 6+ miles in that, ugh!
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20 Jess@atasteofconfidence July 23, 2011 at 12:04 am

Good luck!
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21 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 23, 2011 at 12:05 am

3 am?! Ouch! That’s super early! Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚
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22 Natasha July 23, 2011 at 12:49 am

Good luck with your race…I’m sure that you’ll do great! I can’t wait to read your recap.
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23 RunEatRepeat July 23, 2011 at 12:56 am

Good luck!!!
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24 Jemma @ celery and cupcakes July 23, 2011 at 2:04 am

Good luck For the triathlon you will be great!!!
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25 Ashley July 23, 2011 at 2:54 am

Good luck and have an awesome time in the race tomorrow! I look forward to reading about it!

26 Nikki July 23, 2011 at 5:40 am

Good luck Meghann! You will do amazing! Enjoy every minute on blue, the beautiful natural beach swim, and the sandy run! I can’t wait to hear all about it! From the jitters to the triumphs! I am living vicariously through you tomorrow!
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27 Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

Best of luck to you!!! I used to live in Sarasota, and Siesta Beach is the best! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great time… looking forward to seeing pictures!
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28 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

SWEET!! GOod luck, girl ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll rock it, no worries!
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29 Courtney July 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

Good luck tomorrow! I know you’ll do great! ๐Ÿ˜€
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30 Lauren July 23, 2011 at 10:11 am

Best of luck to you today! I’m sure you’re already well into the race – rock it!

Your dinner looked awesome. I’m so impressed that you ate lentils the night before a race! I am decidedly un-brave, and always go for pasta. ๐Ÿ™‚ Might switch it up next time.
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31 Lauren July 23, 2011 at 10:13 am

PS – I love Siesta Beach! The idea of swimming there is so nice. I’m sure the water was/will be lovely!
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32 Gina @ Will Run for Cupcakes July 23, 2011 at 11:29 am

You’ll rock it!
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33 Angie July 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Good Luck and have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

34 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups July 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Hope you went well! I’m sure you did great!
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35 Lisa July 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Hope you kick tri-butt! Can’t wait to hear about it. And next time try melted peanut butter on your sweet potato fries…YUM!
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36 Emily @ Savory and Savage July 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Good luck! I hope you have a great race!
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37 Grace July 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Oh man! Sloppy lentil joes sound amazing!
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38 joyce July 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Good luck!!!!
i can’t wait to hear how it goes.

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