Only three full days separate me and my first 70.3.
Three days until I find out what I’m really made of.
Three. Days. Of. PANIC!!
Just kidding. Sort of. I’m definitely excited, but still more scared. I’ve been trying to visualize each leg of the race every night as I fall asleep and it’s actually pretty calming. Did I ever tell you guys about how my high school track/cross country coach had us visualize at the end of practice on the day before a meet? We went into the wrestling room, laid on the mats, and listened to motivational music – example: Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight, and I Hope You Dance by I can’t remember who. Ha! He would walk us through the day of the race, riding the bus to the meet, the moments before the race…and then as the music built up, we would visualize the actual race. I ate that all up. Loved it – obviously, since I still do it to this day (cheesy or not)! Hey, we were back-to-back-to-back state champs, so we were doing something right
What I’m most worried about is how I’ll feel mentally. I’m fairly certain that I’ll be one of the slowest athletes out there (it’s science!! Plus it’s a huge race for the pros) and I know that it’s going to be tough watching people pass me by. I know, I know…stay positive. I’m trying! But I want to plan for potential trying situations. If I’m flying up the hills and passing people left and right, well, great! That’s pretty motivating! But, what about the tough times? This definitely isn’t going to be easy. I just need something to repeat to myself if I am in fact being passed by the masses and feeling terrible. (Anyone have a good mantra for me?)
So, the plan is to head to NY (where Brendan’s parents live) on Friday night. Their house is about 45 minutes from the starting line, so it will be easy to get there on Saturday for the expo, athlete meeting, and practice swim. I also plan to drive the run course – Brendan doesn’t know all this yet – surprise, B!
Thankfully I don’t have to worry about anything but my own abilities – Rev3 has everything laid out perfectly in their athlete guide! I literally don’t have any questions on raceday logistics that aren’t answered in the guide they emailed to all participants. After reading every single sentence in the guide, I think I’m most excited to visit the expo; I’ve never been to a real triathlon expo. I’m also thankful that they offer a practice swim in the lake. AND I just found out they have course preview videos on their website, which include tips and tricks for the course! Check out what I’m up against here.) So far, I give an A++ to the Rev3 organization. OH and I get to wear temporary tattoos of my bib# on raceday instead of being written on with sharpies. It’s the little things, people!
I’m cautiously optimistic about the swim, now that I’ve tested out my wetsuit. (One thing – does anyone have advice on how to prevent your hair from getting caught in the velcro? Did I ask this already? I try and try to tuck all my hair away, but a little bit near my neck keeps getting stuck and it’s really painful!)
The Rev3 folks announced on Facebook that the water temperature was tested yesterday at 66 degrees. People are commenting that that’s cold, but I feel like it’s not that bad? Am I crazy? The air temperature is supposed to get into the upper 70s or 80s with a chance of rain later in the afternoon. Let’s hope that rain holds off!
Anyway, last thoughts…
I receive daily quotes from Runner’s World, and thought the below from this week was fitting:
Even if Sunday proves to be a rough day, I can at least take comfort in the fact that maybe, just maybe, I’ve still inspired a few people along the way.
And with that, my favorite motivational video: