I will be on the run course! I am in the midst of packing but as you can see, I am easily distracted by the chore of packing. As I head into my second ironman race, I can't help but compare how I feel this year pre-race vs. last year pre-race. Friends tell me that I seem and look a lot happier, stronger and fitter and I think that comes from feeling more excited overall. I thoroughly enjoyed training this season and feeling my progress and seeing it on paper is always a plus. I am 9 pounds lighter than I was last year pre- IM and injuries wise..last year I over stressed my right rotator cuff a month out and this year...none!
Over the last few days..I've been getting asked the same questions multiple times from different people..mind as well address them on my blog as well :-)
Q: Are you nervous?
A: Of course I am nervous! It's an Ironman- it's HUGE! But I can say that I am more excited than I am nervous.
Q: How are you feeling?
Q: Are you ready?
A: I will never understand why people ask me this question because really, I have no choice but to be ready!
Q: Do you have a time goal?
A: Um...no. I even went as far as asking coach if I should have one? And he also said no although I have a feeling that he has a time in mind for me but he just won't share. I did tell him that I will race my heart out and see what happens so that's what I plan to do. And to be honest, if anything, I am too afraid of the Ironman course to set in any time goals because I know anything can happen! I'll leave it on the course and hopefully the course will reward me in return! One can only hope :-).
And with that, I read this great quote somewhere and I couldn't have said it any better..
"Respect this event, and be prepared to fight it. Be prepared to dig deep, bloody deep and then reap the rewards that last a lifetime - as with all great achievements. Yes it is going to hurt, it's an Ironman so be prepared."
and another one from one my coach's articles..
"Live it, feel it, breathe it, enjoy it and love it. Every single Ironman is a once in a lifetime experience."
That's it for now.. I'll check in again pre-race when I get settled at Coeur d'Alene. Leaving first thing Wednesday morning!
Kara and I @ Pt. Reyes..we played cat & mouse with our friend Brian. 5 hours of riding on a work day- fun times!
Below- Kara and me with our coach- Chris Hauth at the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon-
Swim- 2 hours and 49 minutes
Bike- 8 hours and 30 minutes
Run- 2 hours and 28 minutes
Total workout- 13 hours and 47 minutes