10 Days

Ten Days from right now, as I write this post, I will be on my way to Mont Tremblant, Canada.  Honestly, I can’t stop thinking about it.  Now that I am so close to this race, it’s consuming my mind more than ever seriously.can’t.focus. I correlate this feeling to getting ready for our wedding day… the nervousness, anxiety, excitement, is all very similar to planning a wedding.  You plan for so long and then finally, the day you’ve been waiting for is right in front of you.  It gets to the point where there is nothing else you can do to prepare, you just have to trust that everything you have done is enough.

Currently…. My mind is spinning…

What do I need to pack?

When do I need to pack?

Do I have everything I need?

Can I hold my own in the crowded swim?

Will my back hurt coming off the bike?

Can I run the Marathon after 112 miles on the bike… and run it well?

Will my stomach cooperate during the race?

Ahhhhh I’m seriously going crazy…

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This week I have found myself feeling like such a scatter brain, at least I have an excuse, Ironman on the brain! I feel like I have so many things I need to do before we leave on Thursday… chiropractor appointments, massages, acupuncture sessions.. not to mention we have a wedding to attend on Saturday (after I do my last long workout… 4 hour ride, 35 min run).  There is just so much to cram in these next 10 days, that I know it’s going to be next Thursday before I know it.

Despite all of the stress and the worrying I’m feeling right now, I’m also trying to just take it all in.  I’m really trying to enjoy my last tough workouts this week, since next week I’m tapering.  I even got choked up this morning when I realized it was my last Zone 2 trainer ride on my bike… I closed my eyes and focused on my strong legs and my strong mind… I am really doing this, I thought.  It occurred to me that in 11 days, I will be taking a break from my 5:00 AM weekday basement trainer rides, and it made me sad.  Part of me wants the race to be here, but then another part of me doesn’t want this process to be over.  I have loved this process… I have grown so much and gained the self-confidence I’ve been yearning for my entire life. Is it really almost over?  I don’t have a ‘what’s next’ plan yet, but I have a feeling I’m going to want to sign up for another one of these crazy races:)  I also look forward to a little break, eventhough the break scares the hell out of me.  In a way, my life is just beginning thanks to this journey.

10 days from now, I will be an Ironman.  I like the sound of that.

What are some things you learned from doing an Ironman? Feel free to share your tips with me! 🙂

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  • Reply Courtney @The TriGirl Chronicles August 7, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    10 more days!!!! Enjoy every second of it and make sure you share your bib number so we can track you!

    • Reply Kristin August 7, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      eee!! thank you!! Yes I will share my bib # on the blog next week.. in case you miss it, it’s 779!

  • Reply Irina August 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    You and me girl… we will do this. Mike Reilly better be there and say my name right! I am not thinking about it too much since I’m more consumed with the thought of leaving on vacation for 2 weeks! I need all the calm and nature I can get.

    • Reply Kristin August 7, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Yes we will!! I know, I am thinking about travel too… we will be away for 10 days and it’s definitely helping me to keep my mind off the race (well just a little bit ha ha)

  • Reply Sherilyn August 7, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Just dont sprint through the finish line! My husband did Tremblant last year and passed a bunch of people in the last 200m and they didnt say his name and “you are an IRONMAN”. It was VERY disappointing! It will be the last thing on your mind at THAT point but try to space yourself accordingly so you get the full treatment!!!!! So exciting!!!!!!!

    • Reply Kristin August 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Good to know! I tend to really want to sprint to the finish, so I will keep this in mind:) Thanks for the tip! I want to hear them say my name, and hopefully I have space around me at that time!!

  • Reply Cassie @ Rural Running Redhead August 8, 2014 at 2:35 am

    It’s so close! I can’t wait to read all about it — you’re going to have such a great race!

    • Reply Kristin August 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks so much! yes very close now!

  • Reply Kristen @ Glitter and Dust August 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I can’t imagine everything that is going through your head right now. You have worked so SO hard for this moment – enjoy every minute!!

    • Reply Kristin August 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      It’s crazy Kristen!!! Mind is running around in circles:)

  • Reply Lee@tri*inspired*life August 12, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    With IM fresh on my mind, my advice would be to do your best to battle whatever hurdles come your way. I certainty did not expect the craziness of the IMLP swim and the bad weather we had early on. I knew I would have a challenging day, both mentally and physically, but I did not anticipate my biggest challenge coming before I was even done with the swim! Try to take in the scenery, etc while out on the bike. You have worked hard and while it is important to be in race mode, make sure you enjoy what you are accomplishing. Your day may not go exactly as you plan, but do your best and whatever decisions you make during the race, have confidence that are you listening to what you body is telling you at the moment and that the decisions you may have to make at the time are the right ones. On the run, take one mile at a time. I focused on only one aide station at a time…my goal was to make it to the next aide station and then focus on getting in my hydration and nutrition at the station.

    I slowed at the finish chute to try to take it all in. I do remember it, but do not remember my name being called (it was…although the pronunciation was off…). The thing I remember the most was seeing my husband just before I crossed the finish line and that meant more to me than anything else that could have happened or been said.

    Bottom line…enjoy your day!!! You have worked incredibly hard and you will only have ONE FIRST IRONMAN!!

    • Reply Kristin August 25, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Lee, thanks so much for your advice, I really appreciate it!! I took your advice by enjoying the scenery on the bike ride. I was really cold for the first 30 miles and my mood sunk real low… once I focused on the beautiful mountains around me, it helped to take my mind off the fact that I was shivering. I did not expect it to be THAT cold on the bike (low 50’s and windy), so it was a challenge for sure! I also slowed during the finish chute and made sure to smile the whole time!! It was an amazing FIRST Ironman!

  • Reply Leslie @ Triathlete Treats August 12, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Do I have some tips!! Don’t go out too fast on the bike. You will feel really good. Don’t get caught up in the madness of all the other athletes. Bike your own race. I promise if you pace yourself you will be passing a ton of people by the end of the bike. An Ironman races does not start until mile 80-90 of the bike. Remember that! Don’t go out too fast on the run either. I know that is your favorite but this isn’t an open marathon so just pace yourself! You will feel really good getting off the bike but it catches up with you by the end of the day! Smile and be happy! Be positive and confident!! Even if things get tough. (They will). Take in every second. This is your first and you will only have this one as your first!! 🙂 You can sprint down the finisher chute but take it all in, slap hands with the spectators, try and listen for your name. (I have only heard it at my 3rd). Good luck!! have so much fun! I know I keep telling you I am excited for you…but I am!!

    • Reply Kristin August 25, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks so much for your advice, I really took it to heart. I didn’t go all out on the bike… I conserved, which was tricky because it was cold outside. I didn’t get concerned with people passing me on the bike, especially when I saw them struggling on the second loop. I still had gas in me at mile 100 which was amazing! I DID feel really good coming off the bike, but the run got me at mile 23. Also had some breathing issues… will get to that on the blog. Also, I went ‘slow’ during the finisher chute and I had my moment all to myself.. it was amazing!

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