So panic time is almost upon us. Last night, I started to assemble my bike bag, special needs bike bag, run bag and special needs run bag. I had little piles of stuff on the dining room table. I used Polar heart rate monitor and sometimes my Power tap will pick it up and sometimes it won't so I have to use another HR strap for the bike but it won't work with my Polar watch. So that means, using a Polar HR strap for the swim (Tammy's), switch HR straps for the bike and then switch back to Polar HR strap for the run. Except Tammy's strap wasn't working so I bought new batteries. Nope still not working. Ok, it must have be the strap so I went to Running Free and dropped another $150 on last minute stuff. I got home and tried the new HR strap and it still doesn't work. I switched sensors with the old strap, new strap and it STILL doesn't work. It turns out that I didn't have the battery in properly. Presto, old strap works fine. Now I'm stuck with a new HR strap.
I also bought an aero bottle. I seem to have issues with not having enough water bottles. The kids keep losing them and every once in a while, one flies off that back of my bike when I hit a bump. When I got home, I looked at my bike and realized my Power Tap has to be moved to have room for the water bottle but I don't have the extra parts. Arrggghhh. Nothing like leaving things for the last minute.
Last year I bought a soft cargo bag for the Honda Pilot but found out I also need to buy cross bars for the roof rack (yes the bag sat unused for a year) so I started to look around only to find out, the cross bars are very expensive ($400). I went to Canadian Tire last month and they had one on sale for $260 ($100 off) but I thought I could get one cheaper on ebay or something. Nope. Its tough finding the right specifications and the sale ended. I bought one last week at Canadian Tire but it didn't fit. I tried to worm a deal on the newer one that would fit but they said, "no deal" as the sale ended a month ago. I would have to talk to the General Manager for an exception. Well wouldn't you know it, I dealt with the same General Manager several months ago and she was extremely helpful. So helpful, in fact, I wrote an email to the franchise owner and a senior executive, commending her. I popped up to the store and she remembered me! A little chit chat and she gave me the same deal. SWEET!! Now, lets hope the damn thing fits.
Oh yea. We just found out Rebecca has a broken foot for the last six weeks and she's been running around playing soccer and stuff. This will be a fun vacation in Mont Tremblant.
Next up...........Ironman Mont Tremblant (this is going to hurt)