Friday, May 1, 2009

Game Face

Tomorrow is the kick off to our 2009 Triathlon season here in Maine.
I. Can't. Wait.
I LOVE racing. This is why I do all this after all. I mean, there are so many other benefits to being a triathlete. I was actually talking to my son about some of them this afternoon.
It keeps me in shape. It is fun. I make a lot of great friends. It makes me feel young. I am strong. I am trying to teach my boys to set goals, work hard, and accomplish what yoy put your mind to.
Those are all great things. I mean them seriously. And there are many many more reasons I love this sport.
But when it comes down to the nitty gritty.....
I LOVE to RACE!!!!
I get fire in my eyes. I get hunger in my heart. I get excited. I get nervous. I get so damn competitive. Look out. It makes me feel alive.
So tomorrow I will go for it. I mean Really really go for it. I will put 110% into every leg of this race.
It will hurt. I will suck wind for an hour. I will want to stop here and there. I will feel the burn in the quads.
But I will love every second of it.
What I do not understand, however, is why WHY does it take me SO darn long to pack for these races!!!! I mean, it's a SPRINT Ange!!! What on earth takes me so long? Why do I need SO much Stuff!!!???? I drive myself crazy with this. I am not a veteran at this but I do have some solid experience under my belt. And yet, every time, I take hours getting ready.
check tires, blow them up, check again, obsess over getting a flat, check tires again.
pick outfit, try it on, pick a spare in case, pack them both.
pack socks, and extra socks, and socks for warm up.
clothes to wear To the race, clothes to wear After the race, clothes to wear over tri clothes if it's cold After race but before shower, clothes for warm up.
you get the jist. I'm neurotic.
I'm a self-diagnosed obsessive triathlete with serious over packing issues.
good news is: I'm almost done! My sweats are on for the evening. Dinner will be ready in a little while (just have to decide what to have and make it... ). And half the gear is in the car.

All racing aside. I am truly excited to start seeing my friends again. It's been a long winter. this is a great group of people whom I love to hang out with.

Time to get the game face on...


Kim said...

ange, kick some ass! i know you will since you're awesome and all. best of luck, ill be rooting for you during my training ride!

mjcaron said...

Yeah! You have such a great attitude.. I hope you really kick some butt.. It IS fun. Have fun!!!

MaineSport said...

What about the taper? You know, the obnoxious bounce-off-the-walls state of extra energy. Isn't that why you race? So you can sit around doing nothing while the rest of us are racing? Just three hours to race time.....

Chloe said...

I think all trithletes have OCD when it comes to packing for races :) It just comes with the territory!

Good luck tomorrow! Can't wait to hear all abou tit!

Marit C-L said...

Good luck and have a GREAT race! You know what? I totally do the same thing with the clothing and gear... Seriously! I think it has something to do with a race within driving can pack soooo much stuff away, its not even funny. Whereas when you have to fly somewhere - well, you need to pack smart. :) Have a great time!

GetBackJoJo said...

I missed saying Good Luck on here! Too late! So instead I say congrats! You are sooooo fast, even when training for IM!