The First Travel Day
Today we set up our van camp in Salisbury, MD. We’ve been traveling in a sprinter van with a shade canopy, multiple coolers stocked with all of Ashley’s food and drinks, a fridge, bike tools – a home base we can set up wherever we go, and use as a check-in and break point during her events. We also have a permanent bed in the back, so Ashley’s able to rest and (hopefully) get some sleep while we move between cities.
This was another hot and humid day, but we were able to set up in one place, and stay there for the day, so we didn’t have to move between locations for each event. Minimizing travel and keeping the swim, bike, and run close to each other a priority for each city, and we’re hoping we can make it happen as we go. This was our first day on the road after starting in Virginia Beach, and Ashley definitely struggled to get enough sleep. Between the drive to Salisbury, checking in to the hotel late, and having an early start, we knew she’d be running on less than optimal sleep.
Ashley’s swim began at the Salisbury YMCA pool. After yesterday’s challenges with food, and not getting as much nutrition as we had hoped for, we were determined to course correct today and make sure she had plenty of fuel. Like Alex said in the day one coach blog, Ashley didn’t have much of an appetite on the first day, so we tried to push more food in today, which presented it’s own set of challenges.
If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ll see that we talked about some hydration challenges we encountered. Ashley’s stomach was getting a bit upset, and she was having a really hard time keeping any fluids or food down toward the end of the day. We don’t know if it was the heat, the food and digestive issues, not getting the right kinds of fluids in, or just the lack of sleep, but we were having a really hard time getting her hydration sorted out, and we know that getting your electrolytes out of balance can really affect your performance.
But still, Ashley didn’t quit. She was joined by some awesome supporters for a portion of her run, and even when the lights went out and she was just running laps around the parking lot in the dark, quitting wasn’t an option. We knew her stomach wasn’t feeling good, but we also knew she wasn’t going to quit. She finished up, cleaned up, and we hit the road for a quick drive up to Dover, DE, our next stop.
As a reminder, everything Ashley’s doing right now is to raise money for Maison Fortuné Orphanage Foundation, and support children in Hinche, Haiti. Here’s a word from their Executive Director, Mary Kwasniewski. She’ll be sharing facts and myths about Haiti as we go, to help us all understand a little bit more about their work.
Myth: Donated items like food and clothing end up in warehouses or never reaches the people in need.
Fact: Delivering food and clothing to Haiti is a complex endeavor. Instead, we focus on financial contributions, which can be used directly in Haiti to purchase necessary supplies, food, shelter improvements and operate our clinic. It’s amazing how far a dollar goes when it is spent in Haiti, rather than on goods in the US that are shipped to the country.
The link to donate is right here!
Thanks for following along.
“During the run I was feeling so sick to my stomach, I’m not sure why. My body physically felt okay, but I just felt so sick. When I slowed down to walk for a little bit, the walking made it settle down a little bit, but running made it come back again.
I felt so tired too, and I think it was because I didn’t sleep very well last night. I fell asleep in the van, and then had to move to the hotel, and try to fall asleep again, so we definitely need to figure out a way to sleep better every night.”