Ironman Texas is 221 days away. That is 7.5 months. Plenty of time, right? My official training plan doesn't even start for another 8 weeks, and I have had a pretty solid off season, so why am I freaking out already?!?!?!
I think about this race every day. I imagine different scenarios. I think about what we'll do with our time in Houston. I think about what I want to eat after 140.6 miles. I think about the technicalities of being gone a week...arrangements for the kids, sub plans for work, who will take my kids for the week, which hotel to stay in (I can't make up my mind, so I currently have 2 booked that I can cancel), paying for all of it, etc. Then I think about the swim and the mass start and how it kinda (no really) scares the crap out of me. I think about how sore my butt will be for 6+ hours on the bike. I worry about running 26.2 miles after the bike and swim. I worry about how being from Northern Utah 90% of my bike training will be on the trainer. I worry about what to wear during the race...race kit the whole time? Change in each transition? Yikes!
Then I think of the sheer task of propelling myself for 140.6 miles. What the crap am I thinking?!?! When I crunch numbers in my head about how long I think it will take, that is a long freaking day!!
I guess that you could say that the good thing in all of this is that it propels me to train and take it seriously. I don't want to NOT be prepared for this race. I have been undertrained for a couple of events I have done and that is NO fun. I have finished those and felt the regret of not being prepared and that SUCKS. I don't want to be in that position for this race, and I know that I will have a solid base and that I have a good training plan picked out as well. So, as long as I stick to all of that I will be fine. But it doesn't keep me from stressing about it and having my stomach turn on occasion when I think about this race! Someone please tell me this is normal? I have had race nerves before, but the earliest I have ever had them is just a few days before! I can't imagine how they will be race week!
So, with all that in mind, it motivates me to start this week and recommit myself every day and do what I know that I need to do to be ready. Thank heavens for a supportive family and the best support crew ever!
In the meantime, Happy Racing and Training all!