I can’t believe I’m racing tomorrow. It feel like Christmas! I honestly don’t know if I’m going to be able to sleep tonight, I’m too excited/nervous. I have spent countless hours on my bike, in the pool and on the pavement, all while wondering when the heck triathlon season would finally be here. It always seemed so far away, until now. The Patriot Half Ironman is tomorrow and Ironman Mont Tremblant is 64 (short) days away.
Sometimes my training becomes so second nature that I forget what I am actually working towards. I honestly don’t remember when this season’s training started… because frankly it hasn’t really stopped since last season. I finished Timberman 70.3 last August, only to take a little bit of time off before getting my plan for the Chicago Marathon in October. After Chicago it was training for the Boston Marathon (while keeping up with biking and swimming all winter). After Boston, I received my plan for IMMT, which included my Half Ironman race built into the plan. I also have an Olympic race in July, one month before IMMT. Basically I have been non stop since last August, yikes!
Now that race season is here, I can (hopefully) see how all of my hard work and dedication has paid off. I feel stronger on the bike and in the water than ever before. My running has always been strong, so I’m not worried about that part. I’m also wearing a team uniform for the first time (QT2) and I have my race fueling down to a science. While I have battled some injuries (specifically my left heel pain), I still feel stronger than ever and I am amazed at my level of endurance every single day. I know anything can happen on race day, but I am optimistic for tomorrow and I want to have fun out there!
2014 Triathlon season, I’m ready for you.