1 - Buying brightly colored t-shirts for the event (and then actually MAKING them, to read "Suck it up Buttercup", naturally... :-))
2 - Creating a packing list for the weekend, to include snacks and activities for my little guys. (It appears that I may be gone the few days leading up to the trip, for business. So I'll have to do this EXTRA early to ensure I can drive home from the airport, jump into the passenger seat and be prepared for our 7 hour drive to WI!)
3 - Course information - maps, anticipated timeline, activity suggestions for Team Trapp members, etc. so that we can support Kevin at various times throughout his 14+ hour event.
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There may be a few people out there who were born with an innate sense of how to properly train, eat and recover from their workouts. But honestly, I think those are rare. I imagine that most athletes, especially when training for endurance events (e.g., 1/2 marathon, marathon, and/or any multi-sport events), do some reading up on the subject, to learn tips, techniques, etc. - to help them gain an overall sense of what they should expect.
Kevin is very methodical, and is what I would consider a process driven kinda guy - he IS an engineer, after all. A few years back when Kevin first caught the "running bug", we started receiving magazines in the mail, and then I would notice that books would start appearing around the house. Not to mention the online web sites that he'd find with helpful tips and training schedules. And then, of course, the "actual, real-life" people, like his brother, Gregg and others in his master swim class, who continue to help him on his journey.
I remember having a conversation with him, "back in the day", when I was trying to come up with my reasons for not joining in on his runs. I would say things like, "I don't have the right outfits to run" (because let's face it girls, we all want to look cute whenever possible), or "I'm too out of shape, people will laugh at me". He told me that people who run are supportive of others, and that everyone "started out" once and can appreciate what you are going through. Although I scoffed at this notion, at first, I have found that at least in the running world, that is ABSOLUTELY true! (We're still new to the tri world, but so far people seem really great there too!)
Whether it's nutrition, recipes, appropriate clothing and gear, or activities for young kids during his events, he has always turned to others - his "village" for help, guidance and support. So I think it's only proper that some of the village join him, you know... like the village princess (me), and the other "village people" (not to be confused with the musical group)!