Thursday, September 17, 2009

Time for some FUN!

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!!!

9 comments:

Kim said...

GO ANGE GO! kick some butt! enjoy Lobsterman!

IronMatron said...

Yeah! I can't wait! I'm nervous already. It boggles my mind that I get nervous for every race. I'm worried about that cold water!!!
You will kick butt. Can't wait to see it...

sallyaston said...

Good luck and have fun!!! I too have missed out on racing this year due to IM prep and look forward to doing lots of fun races next year! I miss it.
Sally
http://sally-whatamidoing.blogspot.com/

MaineSport said...

Sorry I can't be there to see you and the others. It is a great event.

Judi said...

can't wait to see how fast you goooooooo!

Jennifer Cunnane said...

Ok that 20 miles the day after sounds really tiring! But I am sure you will do great!!! Enjoy and maybe dress up as Michellin Man to prepare for the heat??!!!

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Go get it Ange!!! Have a GREAT time out there. And for the record... I feel exactly the same way about racing. I MISS it!!! :) GO GO GO - have fun!

Melissa said...

Good luck! Hope the 20 miler feels easy!

Kim said...

um ange, you crushed lobsterman. awesome job!!!