The to-do list is long and the time is short so I will make this fairly quick. I will not be on Spark much. If you want to follow the events up to race day and after, friend me on Facebook, I will be posting as things progress.
***For those just tuning in, I will be participating in a 70.3 mile triathlon on Sunday, August 11th. The event consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 miles on the bike, followed by a 13.1 mile run. Each of the disciplines has a time limit that I have to make or I get pulled from the course. The total event time is 8.5 hours.***
Hopefully I will be meeting up with some of my Sparkbuddies who are coming to cheer me on... looking forward to it. :) hope they make it... love meeting Sparkbuddies...
I checked the weather forecast for the days prior and after the event and it is looking like it will be made to order... mostly sunny, 10% chance of rain, about 60% humidity, light winds- 6-7mph max.
I feel like I am as ready as I will ever be and as far as race morning routine, I have that down to a science. While this is my second triathlon, I am no novice when it comes to race events and routine. I have done quite a few and all that experience is really nice to have because the race day anxiety can really press on you if you let it.
I remember the night prior to my full marathon and I had the feeling like I was about to be executed. After a conversation with my friend and mentor, Jan Frandsen (ACTIVEAT60), I got my head back in the game.
Previous experience has revealed that once race morning comes, I get into a mental state of the race being just another training day except this time it is with other people and poof, all of the worries mostly vanish. I just lock in and do it, one step at a time.
My standing joke that I often amuse myself with these past weeks is the reason they made the race 70.3 miles is because 70.4 miles is just too blasted far... I have a feeling that once I get to the finish, I wont want to go another 1/10th of a mile for any reason (up to and including a zombie apocalypse) ...lol...
For my marathon, it was... the marathon is a 20 mile jog to the hardest 10k you have ever done in your life... that proved to be true...just ask anyone who has ever pushed past the point where they "hit the wall" (usually around mile 20) and kept going.
Anyway, thanks to everyone for all of the words of encouragement and comments, you folks keep me Sparkin'.
- Forgot to add... I'll be interviewed on the Sparkradio podcast again Aug15th for play later in the month or so... will let you know more later when I know more.