If there are bumps in the road, I can adapt and still have a great day.. (side note- it is my belief that you can COUNT ON having 4 things go "wrong" in Ironman. Each time something goes wrong on the day, say to yourself, "Ok, this is #1. Deal with #1. Adapt. #1 is out of the way. On to #2!" Just count on 4 things as PART of your race day plan. You check them off like swim, bike, run. And hey, if you reach the finish line and had just 3 things go wrong? Winning!).
It's not that the pressure is off of me for tomorrow, it's not. (And by pressure, I do realize that it's only the pressure I place on myself. No one else really cares or knows the difference if you go 8 hours or 15 hours.) I have some personal goals set. Even if I find myself at mile 21 of the run winning my age group (dream!), I won't be "shutting it down" or "cruising it in". Tomorrow is me against the clock and I'm there to dream to catch a PR! I went 10:13 in my last Ironman in Kona, so I've been working the past 5 months on just how to shave those 13 minutes. Now, this is the first ever Ironman Texas, so I have no idea how fast or slow the course will be- so the time thing is a gamble. But for me, that will be one of my motivators tomorrow. The course itself does not appear too debilitating, but when you factor in high heat and humidity with a great chance of a stiff headwind for the last 56 miles- who knows what you'll get! But that's half the fun, isn't it?
My other big motivator is to cross the same finish line as James in an Ironman. It's his first Ironman and I think that this helps me relax about my own race, because I am just (if not more) amped up about his race. When things get tough tomorrow, and I know they will, I'll keep going knowing we are in it together.
It's almost time for bike check-in. Time has flown since we arrived and we've certainly done less sitting-around-with-the-legs-up than we should be doing but there is just so much to get done...
here's a few pictures of what we've been up to...
|Pre race swim- bad picture..overcast & wind blowing!|
|Tested out our sleeveless Zoot wetsuits (Jury is out on if its wetsuit legal or no! 76 degrees today & cutoff is 76) . The wetsuits are awesome. Why did I never try a sleeveless before? I love it!|
|Tri Slide it up! James needs to lose a few lbs.. if he wants to race well in this heat :)|
|There is a lululemon store by the finish line and they had all the participants names etched in glass! We're pointing to our names although you can't tell|
|Lunch #2 at Hubbell & Hudson- awesome Whole-Foods-On-Crack type of establishment|
|me & my scary face- Lunch #1 at Hubbell & Hudson|
Good luck to all of the competitors out there- it will be a fun one! See you on the other side...