Posted by: rustymccain | May 28, 2011

In Case You Call This Week….

If you decide to call me this week and I don’t answer, I am on the home stretch to the Home at Panic Valley. And I take it back!! I am skeered!

We are now down to one week before take-off. Next Saturday, I do the Mach Tenn Triathlon in Tullahoma and then we drive to the airport and fly to California. I am not really in shape for a tri at this point. I can’t run very well because a foot injury. My swim training for the year has consisted of walking by the pool a couple of times. But, if I am not mistaken, this is the 29th year of the Mach Tenn and I have done 28 of them. You guessed it, I missed one year to go do a ½ Ironman in Hawaii with Ray. So, I want to keep my current streak alive.

It’s hard to believe it is here. You try to plan and prepare, but you really can’t, beyond the basics. I remember so many things for which I have felt unprepared. I felt unprepared to leave home for college and that worked out OK. I remember buying my first house. I felt unprepared for that and it turned out to be a good investment. I felt totally unprepared to have kids. But, thanks mostly to their mom, they turned out to be great kids and now men of whom I am very proud. So, I think it might be OK to think that you are a little unprepared.

With that in mind, we have our bikes, we have our clothes and we have maps and phones. Mary Ann has me on a pill regimen, making sure I am taking the proper vitamins and supplements. I think I will be good with nutrition on the trip. I plan to eat everything that is not nailed down and that Ray hasn’t gotten to first!

I have also developed a plan for breakdowns. If something should happen to Ray in the middle of some snake-infested, desolate, hell of a place, he will stay with his bike and I will ride to the next town and get help. Should something happen to my bike, I will borrow his bike and he will stay with my bike while I ride to get help. I have not shared this disaster plan with Ray, but I am hoping he will see the wisdom in it.

I will post a tentative schedule before we leave on Saturday. I invite any of our friends to join us whenever they can. We don’t know what we are getting into. But, we never have. So it should be fun.

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Responses

  1. Thanks for the invite to follow your BLOG. I wish you the best. It will be great no matter what happens. What an adventure!! No thoughts of school just a clear mind, fresh air and enjoying the beauty of nature. Man am I envious.

    Steve


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