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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Jennie Finch races through New York

By Jennie Finch
Special to espnW

Jennie Finch
Since there won't be any air conditioning on race day, Jennie Finch and her fellow spinners took the session to the great outdoors.

It's been another whirlwind of a travel week. I did a softball clinic outside of Richmond, Va., with Mizuno, then went to New York City to do a little up-close- and-personal prep for the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon, which is -- eek! -- less than three weeks away!

During my speedy 24 hours in New York I finally got to meet my coach, Gale Bernhardt, in person. She led a spin class with me and some other people from the city. Everyone in the class will be doing the tri, including three girls who will be doing the full race and others doing the relay. (I don't know how I'm going to feel about the relay when I'm dying getting on my bike and someone else is hopping on looking all fresh!) It was awesome just to chat about the race, though, and get some insight from the girls who have done it before.

And Coach Bernhardt's spin class was awesome. She made it a simulation of the race course. We started uphill, since that's what the course does, and she talked about what to expect and the mindset we needed to have throughout the race at different parts. It really helped to make me confident that I know what's coming for race day.

Then we did yoga with renowned instructor Lisa Taylor. It was my first time doing legit yoga, other than just to my DVDs at home! It was so uplifting. I loved her choice of words. She would say things like "if it's available to you" instead of "if you can do it." It was all very positive and fun, while challenging your body at the same time.

I got my race-day bag and gear from Aquaphor, too, while I was in New York, and learned some things about the course and race day. I start at 5:40 a.m., which means to get there and be set to go I will be waking up really early! I'm not sure I even want to do that math yet. We set up our bikes the night before, but then you have to get your shoes and personal items at the transition area in the morning. And it's a huge area: The start is about a mile from where our bikes will be, and then the transition area is about a half-mile from where we'll get out of the water after the swim, so I guess there's a little more running than I realized. It's crazy how big the area is, but I guess it makes sense given all the athletes.

Well, all I can say is it's definitely getting real now! That middle-of-the-night wake-up call is going to be happening before I know it.