Tomorrow is a big day. I will be competing in my first Half Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run). I’ve been surprisingly calm the last few days about the whole thing. Maybe I’ve just been way too stressed out about other things going on in my life to worry about this one. Why have a hobby if it is going to stress you out anyways, right?
I should be really freaking out because:
- My bike has been MIA for the past 2 1/2 months along with the rest of our belongings making their way from Germany back to the U.S.. I finally got it a couple of weeks ago. Therefore, cycling the measly outside miles recently does not make me in any way, shape, or form prepared for this race as far as the bike goes.
- I have no aerobars for my bike. A friend let me have some of his, but they don’t fit on the bike, and I haven’t had time in the last few weeks to think about it until today. I’m starting to regret it just a tad, but I’m not about to start riding with aerobars the day of a race.
- My left hip and knees have been bothering me the past few weeks therefore running was done at a minimum.
- I probably could have swam more.
- I don’t feel 100% or even 80% prepared for this race at all.
- I seriously feel like I’m getting sick today– fatigue, scratchy throat, headache.
But you know what? When are we ever 100% prepared for anything? I can’t go back in time and change anything. I know that I gave my all with training considering what I have been through the past few months – ie. moving back to the states, buying a new house, starting last semester of grad school. I don’t think that I could have given more.
Will I get the time that really pictured myself getting when I signed up? Probably not, but this is my first HIM. At least it will be an easy PR next year when I attempt this thing again (maybe, ask me after tomorrow).
There are 7 chicks in my age group. At first I was like, “I need to really try to beat most of them!” After talking to my dentist (a local Ironman triathlete), he reminded me that I have no idea how fast those girls are. Plus, I don’t and have ever claimed that I am very fast at any of the sports. What was I thinking?
“You need to race your own race,” he said. And that is what I’m going to do. I’m going to do what my body permits me to do tomorrow combined with the crazy weather we are supposed to have, nutrition, and equipment issues. The more worrying I do will only hurt me at this point. I want to have fun and not stress.
Steve will be tweeting how I’m doing if he can figure out how to use my phone by tomorrow morning. Feel free to keep up with me via Twitter. 😉
It will be me against myself out there since that is only thing that I can control, and we will see where I end up…