The Countdown is ON!

It’s officially October 3rd and we’re 2 weeks and 4 days away from Ironman AZ 70.3.  This is my A race for the year.  The one I’ve been slaving over focused on all year.  We rearranged the family travel schedule for this race.  When I think about it, I want to throw up.  It’s my big scary race.

This past Sunday, I had a 3 hr trainer ride and I may have had a breakdown in the middle of the ride.  The kiddos were whining and I was done with being on the trainer.  It hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows; there were angry screams (not towards the kiddos) and big sobs.  I was a mess.  I’ve been working towards this race since April (25 weeks ago!) and I’m ready to be done with the training (thank goodness taper starts next week)!

Today’s swim was on the other side of the spectrum, it was challenging and simultaneously calming.  It helped me feel strong and in control, but also relaxed.  Sometimes really good swim days are moving mediation days, and today was one of those days.

I had a meeting with my coach today to talk about race day plans.  I’m so thankful that I found a wonderful coach in town who can build my confidence and help me off the crazy train.  The face to face meeting with her was just what I needed.  She helped me re-frame my fears and hesitations about the course and race day planning into the celebration that it should be.  I selected this race as a celebration of my 40th year.  I wanted to do something epic.  The last 23 weeks of training have been pretty epic.  I’ve pushed myself in ways that I didn’t think was possible.  Race day will be a continuation, an epic celebration of this year’s efforts.  I can do this.  It’s going to be tough, but I can push myself through to the finish.  I just have to keep it together for the next 2+ weeks.


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