Friday, September 26, 2014

Dress Rehearsal Time....

I'm sitting on my bed staring at my coaching manual. Inside the manual is a print out of the test I need to complete. I should be working on that, but instead I'm blogging. I think that is what one would call: procrastination.

On Sunday I will complete my first ever 70.3 (1.2 mile swim, 56 miles ride, 13.1 run). I think much of the excitement has been overshadowed for me by IMFL.  I'm uncharacteristically calm.

I mean calm.

The usual is for me to have a complete and utter panic attack before a new event, new distance, etc. This panic includes doubt, fear, desire to DNS (did not start), and tears. Lots and lots of tears.

The biggest difference this round is I know I'm ready. I'm ready endurance-wise and I have done this course in its entirety twice. Not one right after the other like Sunday will bring, but I've seen every inch. There is no unknown. I don't like the unknown. I'm the person who panics and kicks and screams about getting on a roller coaster and then once it is done wants to do it again! That was another reason going down to camp with Lifesports a couple of weeks ago was so valuable, there will be no surprises in Florida either.

Curtis and his crew at Cannon Cyclery have once again been amazing. I picked up my race wheels and upon his request, I brought my bike by for a quick once over. He showed me how the front brake was rubbing and fixed it. He lubed up my chain and made sure I had everything I needed for race day. Hadn't even thought of it, but with different wheels, I needed a different spare tube. They treat MP like their own. Can't ask for more than that.

This week I also received my first FusionUSA shirt. Seems like it is official, I am now a Fusion ambassador.

Looking forward to wearing this on my run tomorrow.

I have felt incredibly 'loved' the end of this week. I've gone out to dinner with some girl friends. I've had text from other triathletes sharing some last minute wisdom with me. And lots and lots of encouragement from everyone. I'm feeling really good about 5775, I think it is going to be a good one. (Jewish New Year, remember?)

There was even a first date on Tuesday. I'm not sure about this one, but whether it works or not, it's going to be a good story to tell at a later time.

And then there is this friend who I think I shall keep supplying cookies to as long as he keeps stroking my ego! He might very well kill me for posting this.....But it furthers the idea that everyone sees things differently. I don't find myself the least bit graceful when I run!

If you are in Augusta, please look for me. I'll be the one wearing a pink sparkly tiara visor on the run....
Can't wait to see all the tri camp people again!