Gold Coast is done and dusted for yet another year.
Not the race. Just the baking. That's a marathon in itself. I put aside a day and just bake till I run out of ingredients or energy. Put on the frilly apron. Crank up the baking music. It's so much more fun than real work.
Of course there's bound to be interruptions when you're on a mission.
I had two. A call centre wanted to speak to the manager of the business. Technically I was the catering service yesterday so she didn't have any luck. And can I just say that it's pretty tricky to answer the phone with your hands covered in Anzac biscuit mix without getting it all over the handset. It's even trickier to text an answer to your sister with only your left pinky finger available.
The other interruption was a parcel delivery that needed a signature. The delivery men always look at you weirdly when you come to the door wearing a frilly apron - like you've stepped right out of the 1950s.
The sum total of yesterday's bake-fest? 50 Anzac biscuits. A batch of brownies. Two dozen tangelo and poppyseed cupcakes. And two dozen chocolate cupcakes. Plus there's the 50 choc chunk/M&M cookies from the day before. And the golden retriever in a sugar coma. Toby has no staying power!
Toby's failure was Bubbles' success. It's not often that she gets to lick the bowl without getting shoved out of the way by someone bigger and greedier.
Hopefully the icing will cope with the weather okay. But if it doesn't I'll be able to show people photos of how they were supposed to look.
Wondering now just how many calories are in that lot. At least I'm not contributing to the obesity epidemic if I only feed them to obsessed runners.
So now all I have to do is drive to the coast and run this thing AND have a good time.
Do I have any goals for the race? Sort of. I'd like to say that I picked the right starting zone - the sub 50 minute one. But if it all goes pear-shaped I won't throw a wobbly. I'm just delighted that running isn't so hard any more. Seriously, the last couple of years gave me a lot of perspective when it comes to racing. I'm a lot more Zen about my results these days.
Starting to get a bit excited. Should be a fun weekend.