June 3rd – Finding my feet…
I have been in Las Vegas for four weeks now, and so far, in no particular order, I have:
- Started working Full-time as Physical Therapist
- Opened a bank account (harder than it sounds!)
- Taken out a lease on an apartment, collected keys and begun to move in (begun/began??)
- Bought a car
- Bought a bed, sofa and mattress….the essentials
- Got a ‘cell phone’
- Placed 2nd overall, 1st in age-group in local 5km running event
- Placed 1st overall in Amica Lake Las Vegas Sprint Triathlon
- Entered 70.3 Ironman Wisconsin, booked flights and hotel and started training plan
- Become a Ninja/joined a running race team (Ninja Endurance Racing)
- Met and just about have joined the Colavita Cycling team
- Been abseiling (repelling), hiking and zip lining in the Nevada desert
- Got heatstroke after said abseiling, hiking and zip lining
- Learned that you say ‘sweater’ not ‘jumper’, you don’t ‘nip to the loo’ you ‘go to the restroom’ and ‘garage’ sounds more like ‘gar-aah-je’
- Been mistaken for Irish, Australian, English, Swiss
- Been complimented on ‘how good my english is’….awkward
All in all its been hectic but Im really starting to get used to my new life over here. I do miss my friends and family back home but I know they’re proud of me and want me to be follow my dreams and ambition. I also feel that training here in Vegas, with the altitude, extreme heat, high winds, 0% humidity, mountainous surroundings and brilliant facilities (for example, I live next door to a 50m outdoor training pool) I am hopeful that I can improve my athletic potential or at least begin my journey towards developing as an athlete.
So what’s next…..
After a successful Sprint Triathlon today at Lake Las Vegas, I can now focus 100% on the next BIG event:
Ironman 70.3 Racine, Wisconsin
1.2mile Swim/56mile Bike/13.1mile Run
The Goal: 1st in age category or achieve roll-down qualification for….
Ironman 70.3 World Championships Las Vegas, Nevada
The combination of ‘The Goal’ and the fact I have never competed at this distance before, coupled with unknown weather/water/air conditions in Racine, I know this challenge will be…. well…. challenging…
So here I am, psyched for the training and the challenge, scared of failure or the dreaded ‘DNF’ and filled with unknowns I need to try and turn into knowns in the next few weeks. Any tips on what to wear, what to eat, training tips, diet plans to lose those last few punds, what to aim for time wise, or words of wisdom from my athlete friends would be most appreciated (comments below please)
Training Quote of the Week:
You can quit and no one will care….. but you will always know…
Well done yesterday 🙂 you did ace and very proud! xxxxx
Ahhh-mazin’! Missing you lots but love what you are doing, keep it up girlfriend! 😉 You are an inspiration to all of us who are stuck in our Aberdeen ways, reading your blog makes you want to go out there and grab whatever you can and want xxx PS keep smiling 🙂 xxx
Awesome writing Lisa! Very open, honest and inspiring! What altitude you at?
Great writing Lisa. Very open, honest and inspiring!
What level of altitude are you at?
Thanks! That means a lot coming from you 🙂
Well I think we’re about 2000ft here but I could be wrong….not as tough as Iten Im sure!!
I believe in you 100% and know you will be successful in Wisconsin x
Kinda jealous reading about your adventure. What a great ambassador for your country you will be
Well done Lisa on coming 1st at the Amica Tri! I’m sure you’ll be brilliant at your first 70.3 in Wisconsin, you have the ability, determination and competitive attitude to be the best you can be. Dad xx