Dopey Challenge – The Week Before

Dopey Challenge – The Week Before

This week is the BIG adventure! The Dopey Challenge starts in TWO days when I shall run a 5k on Wednesday, 10k on Thursday, Half Marathon on Saturday and Marathon on Sunday totaling 48.6 miles over 4 days! I am excited and nervous at the same time. But determined to have a fun time and be strong all throughout.

How does nervousness manifest itself?

I obsess over the training, or the ONE week that wasn’t as expected.

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One of the training freakouts I posted about. I had plenty more on the privacy of my treadmill.

And then I obsess over the weather. 

The originally predicted temps.
The originally predicted temps.

And I went ballistic over a raw mango that Mr. FauxTriathlete brought home ONE of when I asked him to bring “some raw mangoes”.

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Thank heavens I only had a short 2 week taper (1.5 if you consider that Dopey starts on Thursday).


Then I worried over every little niggle and sniffle.

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I can never tell if taper pains are real or phantom!

Finally I freaked out about packing everything and made color coded lists for each ziploc baggie!

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Micro-Lists are my way of dealing with the feeling of being overwhelmed.

But I’m not done with my freakouts yet! I keep remembering things that I need. Some small thing I may have missed about my costume (Just yesterday, I discovered that I didn’t have red compression socks and the vendor list at the expo only had super high end products that I didn’t want to spend $$$ on. Luckily, FusionSports USA came to my rescue with red sleeves!).
And things that I am not going to be able to do – making sure that the minions have someone to look after them incase Mr. FauxTriathlete comes home late. And all groceries done for the week. And just being a mom. 


It is certainly not easy being this Dopey! 

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How do you deal with taper madness?!

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  • Jennifer Lefforge

    Cracking up because I am guilty of all of the above! My poor husband. We were watching Downton Abbey and in the scene where they are eating cake at tea I was all “Man, I want some of that cake!” And Scott said, “So, do I need to go get you some cake at the store?” I almost had him go. on a Sunday night at 9pm in the freezing cold. It’s TOTALLY like the last few weeks of pregnancy! We are so weird!

    • Haha. I’m impressed that he offered to go. You’ve got yourself a keeper!

      • Jennifer Lefforge

        NOT his first rodeo;). After 25 years of marriage he knows what he’s doing!

  • jillallisonbarnes

    Outside looking in, all your freak outs are valid. It’s a big deal, this race, you have been training for almost a year! There are still plenty of logistics that need to unfold, btwn wrapping up packing and travel and waiting on the final forecast. BUT regardless of the items out of your control, you are trained! You’re training has been amazing and you are so ready to tackle these Dopey Miles. I am so excited to watch you rock each day in celebration of all your handwork over these last few months!

  • Jessica Joy @theFitSwitch

    So fun to get inside your head during this process! And, thanks for what you said about taper week. So many people I know look forward to it, yet I HATE IT. Getting a lot of movement every day is like charging my batteries, and then that gets taken away. No likey! So excited for your race. You are impressive and inspiring. Go get ’em!!!

  • Jesica D’Avanza

    Good luck Smitha!!!! I’ll be thinking about you and cheering you on virtually. Try to stay calm. Have fun. Enjoy the mile you’re in. Take it one step at a time and the next thing you know you’ll have 5 medals ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

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