I get to race in 2 days!!!!!! As big and intense as this year has been, I haven't raced much. Last year I raced alllllllllll the timmmmmmmmme!!!!! JUst ask my kids. Seriously, I raced a lot last year. I loved it. It's tough with a big busy family but it was fun I must say.
This year has been devoted to Ironman. I was forced to be smart and focused and well, boring at times. I had to say No to a lot of local races that I Love!
It was worth it. I loved my Ironman day. I will never forget it. I made the right decisions this summer and skipped some races. I was ok with that. I was focused. July 26th went almost perfectly for me. I met all my goals. And now, I am gearing up for a big huge long trip across the world to Hawaii. I'm psyched. And it's still not real for me.
But what IS real is that I'm still a competitor. I love to get out there and suffer. And chase others. And try not to be caught. And to find the place Beyond where I thought I could go. That's just me.
I need this. The season is almost over. Yes, sure, I have Kona. But that's not a race race. You know? It's different. It's a massive challenge. A long long endurance day. It's an honor.
Saturday, is a race! Woohooooo!!!!
My first and only Olympic distance race this year. It's in Freeport....which is like home to me. I will look across the cove to my cottage as we start. (that secret getaway I posted about a month or so ago...and refer to a lot)
It may seem strange that I would go after something so close to my big day. You know what though...I need this. I need to get out there and find my fire. I work hard day in and day out. I hit the roads and the pool and the track and I suffer and push and fight the fatigue. It is important for me to reap the benefits of that so to speak. I need some feedback. I need to show myself that I still have it. I want to see my friends. And watch them race. And chit chat after about how nervous we are and how psyched we are when we are done. I love the social scene of triathlon. It's one reason I love this sport. SO many great new freinds....it's just what a stay at home Mom in rural western Maine needs!!
So I will race. And I can't wait.
And the day after, I'll run 20 miles! Yikes! Back to reality of Ironman training!!!