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The Night Before the Race

I should probably be asleep already, but I'm totally keyed up for tomorrow's half marathon and not quite operating on Austrian time yet. If things go well, I'm going to try to beat 1:57:36. If not, I'm just going to enjoy the setting. It's supposed to be sunny with a high of 63 degrees, so it should be a very pretty day for a race through Vienna.

At the end of last year, I decided that I wanted to do a race abroad. I figured it would be an interesting experience and a good way to force myself to plan a real vacation. The Vienna half came at the right time of year, and I had always wanted to see Vienna someday, so here I am. So far, I think this was a very good choice.

After an early morning workout at our hotel, my travel buddy R and I saw a performance at the Spanish Riding School. Those Lippizaner stallions are serious athletes! I wish I had pictures to share with you, especially of the jumping, but cameras weren't allowed. Seeing the show really made me miss riding. Unfortunately, riding is tricky in NYC. I used to go up to Riverdale, but it's a long trip from the upper east side and I'm always short on time these days. It's also very expensive. If I ever strike it rich and have oodles of time on my hands, I'm buying a pony and taking up dressage! (I prefer ponies because I'm short.)

Anyway, after lunch, we saw a stunning performance at the Philharmonic and then watched a beautifully staged but rather bleak opera (Dialogues des Carmelites) It was a lot of sitting, but hopefully my legs are rested and ready to go!

I've charged my Garmin and my shuffle. I've taken out my knee bands, my throw away jacket and gloves, my pre and post race sweats and my race outfit (capris, t-shirt, sleeves and lucky hat). I've got my chip on my sneaker, and I've located pins to pin on my number. As I type, I'm chugging some more water...

So there's nothing to do now but try to catch sone z's. Wish me luck!

-Gym Belle-

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Reader Comments (3)

wow, a race aboard.. sounds amazing.. enjoy the run.. and i hope you beat your time..

April 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercassie

Thank you, Cassie!

April 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterGym Belle

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