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“This Year Is Yours”

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Recently, a thought came across my mind… ALL of this training for ONE day, one race. I quickly realized that what I was thinking was not the way to think about an Ironman.  Sure, the race is ‘just one day’ out of the year, but it’s more than that.  Not only has this sport become something I love deep in my heart & soul, but it’s now become my lifestyle.  This will not be my final Ironman, I see many more Ironmans down the road for me. I have grown so much this year, physically and mentally with my training.  These strength gains will carry me into the 2016 season, particularly on the bike.  When the day is all said and done on Sunday, my journey is not over.  Sure, Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2015 will be over, but I will take what I have learned sailing my ship this year, and carry it with me.  If this sport was easy, everyone would do it.  When it comes to race day, we must trust the work we have put in through out the year.

This Sunday, when I am racing my heart out, I will have a few words/mantras written on my forearms with a sharpie.  One of them will say ‘You are a rockstar’ , because I believe that I am capable of doing great things on this course. You have to BELIEVE it.

A friend of mine recently sent me this poem, and it could not be more fitting for IMMT 2015. I am not going to lie, I’m feeling nervous…  not because I don’t think I can do it, but because I know I’m ready. In my point of view, being nervous MEANS you are ready.

This is my year. Time for me to own it.

 

“This Year Is Yours”
by Alfred Lord Tennyson

God built and launched this year for you;
Upon the bridge you stand;
It’s your ship, aye, your own ship,
And you are in command.

Just what the twelve months’ trip will do
Rests wholly, solely, friend, with you.

Your logbook kept from day to day
My friend, what will it show?
Have you on your appointed way
Made progress, yes or no?

The log will tell, like guiding star,
The sort of captain that you are.

For weal or woe this year is yours;
Your ship is on life’s sea
Your acts, as captain, must decide
Whichever it shall be;

So now in starting on your trip,
Ask God to help you sail your ship.

This past year has been mine… I’ve worked SO hard, filling logbooks along the way.  And now that I am nearing the ‘end of my trip’ as far as this one race goes, I need to remember to trust my training.  I need to remember that I’ve got this.  I am mentally ready to handle whatever variables come my way.

My { number one } goal is to race smart by FOLLOWING and EXECUTING my plan.

Dreaming big on Sunday. Dreaming Real Big.

If you want to TRACK me on Sunday, my number is 2266.  You can track me on IRONMAN.com or the IronTrac App!

 #heartandcourage

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43 Comments

  • Reply Laura August 14, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    You ARE a rockstar, and you are going to have an awesome day. Best of luck!!

  • Reply erin August 14, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Always believe, my friend 🙂 You’re gonna crush it on Sunday… go get it! Will be cheering and tracking all day! xo.

  • Reply Jenny O August 14, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Have a GREAT race!!!
    I’ll see you out there 🙂

  • Reply Beth August 14, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    You got this! May things go your way and when they don’t…you’ll find YOUR way around all obstacles. Will be cheering for you!

  • Reply Tami August 14, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    See you at the finish line

  • Reply Kristen @ Glitter and Dust August 15, 2015 at 1:42 am

    I love your frame of mind going into this race. YES – you have done the work and are ready for whatever the day throws your way. I can’t wait to track you on Sunday. Great number, by the way! Believe in yourself, smile along the way, and enjoy your time out on the course! You’ve got this – and you will be great!!!

  • Reply Leslie @ Triathlete Treats August 15, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Good luck! Dream big!! Trust your training! Have fun!!

  • Reply Lee@tri*inspired*life August 15, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I love your attitude! I think nervous means that you care and I know this sport and event mean so much to you! You are so prepared and I know you are going to rock it like crazy tomorrow!

  • Reply Kecia August 15, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    You ARE a rockstar who is going to do AMAZING things tomorrow!! I believe in you…now go crush it lady!! 🙂

  • Reply Ashley August 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

    This. So much this!

    You’ve already dominated your race so congrats!! But this post made me talk to my husband about signing up for my first Ironman….because if not now, when? I’m doing it! 2016!!

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