The week and my mental state have improved. I'm back to calorie targets and feeling more in control on the nutrition front and Thursday evening massage brought my legs back to life. Have the day off work today, picked up a few things for the race and long weekend in new forest and now sitting on the couch, resting, where I belong.
On a separate note, here's a great story from Ironman.com.
Dirk Vlieks Returns to Honu to Close a Chapter
When age-grouper Dirk Vlieks dipped his toes in the waters of sparkling Hapuna Bay to begin the 2006 Ironman 70.3 Hawai'i, he was at the peak of his game. He had been participating in the sport for ten years. During that time, he had completed eight Ironmans, including the 2005 Ford Ironman World Championship, which he'd qualified for in the 30-34 age-group at the 2005 Ironman 70.3 Hawai'i. Living in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife, Kelsey, Vlieks returned to the Big Island in 2006 to race Honu again, hoping to re-qualify for Kona. But as Vlieks sped out of T1, he was about to meet a far larger destiny on the road to Hawi than another trip to the Ironman World Championship. A paragon of good health, Vlieks had no idea that what awaited him under the Hawaiian sun would be a fight for his life involving race officials and volunteers, his wife, Kelsey, and medical personnel from Hawai'i to California, not to mention Vlieks' own determined nature. (KEEP READING)