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…
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! 🙂