When planning our 2019 race schedule back in October/November, we knew we wanted to go back to Haines City for the half Ironman. It's a great early season race to dust off the rust and welcome the hurt that comes with racing. We love the race venue as the town welcomes the race, the race vibe is always welcoming and exciting and the course is spectator friendly (swim and run). The course is not an easy one, and that also appeals to us. This year will be even more challenging as the race day temperature is suppose to reach 90 degrees! 😱 But, we are super excited to share the course with 15 of our amazing athletes.
We broke up the drive into two days, leaving on Wednesday late morning. We made the 5.5 hour drive to Jacksonville, FL where we stayed overnight with our friends/athletes Joe and Erica. After our morning workout, we hit the road to Haines City which took about 3 hours.
Our workouts this week have been refreshingly good to help get us race ready. Monday morning was a long 5600 swim workout but it provided a nice variety of strokes, toys and efforts that the yards went by rather quickly. On Tuesday I had a 1:40 hr bike to test out my race set up, followed by a 30 min brick run (including a few one minute efforts). It's always nice to ride the bike on race week when it's all tuned up, race wheels are on and the legs are itching to push a bit harder. On Wednesday morning I did a 40 min strength session at home before our travel. Thursday was a 90 min ride with a few short hard efforts, followed by half IM efforts. After the ride was a 20-minute brick run. The weather has gone from spring-like weather in Greenville to hot and toasty in Haines City.
Upon arriving to our rental home on Thursday afternoon, I went to the grocery store to stock the house with plenty of food for us (and our other housemates).
With a long season ahead of us, finishing at the 2019 Ironman World Championship in October, we are excited to finally get this season started!
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Marni Sumbal - Bib 40 (start time 7:28, wave 9)
Karel Sumbal - Bib 51 (start time 7:46, wave 14)