I am officially one month out from the biggest race of my life, Ironman Texas! How am I? The truth is that I am so excited I can't stand it! Seriously! I am excited about every aspect of this, from the trip to Texas and the time with Ken sans kids, to meeting up with people from the IMTX Facebook group, to going to an Astros game, to attending race clinics, the welcome dinner, and most importantly...RACING!
A couple of days ago bib assignments were made, and I am #1198. I have this really weird thing about numbers, and I love even numbers, so I am glad I got an even number. I noticed when I was on my bike the other night that my sticker from IMStG 70.3 was still on my bike and my number for that race was 981, so it is kind the same? That is a good reminder if I can survive that race and the crap day that was, I can do IMTX :)
When I look at this in real life terms, I only have 10 more days of hard training and then my taper begins. I have a 90 mile ride this week, 100 next, and a 16 mile run both of the next two Saturdays. My swim taper is only a week, I still have a few build weeks in that regard, but that is no big deal, as I am most comfortable in the water.
My bike is going good. I am able to bike relatively pain free (regarding the shoulder/neck issues I have had) and I think my bike fit is the reason. I am more comfortable for longer periods of time on it. I feel that endurance wise I can handle these rides, it is just the boredom aspect (they have all still been on the trainer) that makes them tough. However, Netflix is a thing of beauty on these rides and helps the time to pass relatively quickly.
My run is what it is. The good thing is I don't hate running anymore, in fact it is quite the opposite. I just wish I was faster. I am running pain free. My endurance is there, the two 16 milers I have done have been pretty fast, for me anyway. It has helped immensely to do them with a good friend of mine who is training for her first marathon. However, due to differing schedules, the next two will be solo, which I need to do, even though I don't want to. On race day I can only rely on myself to get myself to the finish line, so doing these final two long runs solo will be good from that aspect.
Nutrition wise, I am where I should be. I have finally figured out bike nutrition that will work for long rides, and though it won't allow me to live off of the course like I wanted to, it will work for me and keep my stomach happy. For the run, I will be fine with what is on the course.
I have read many articles lately on race execution and feel that I have a good plan. Basically, I will take it easy until I hit Mile 80ish on the bike, then maybe push it into Zone 3 based upon how I am feeling and the conditions. And, I will break down the course into segments and do one at a time. Way excited to see it all in action though!
I have also heard about the infamous IMTX window display at Lulu Lemon in the Woodlands Town Center, where they put all the participants names up. Yeah, finding my name on this window just got added to my Texas MUST DO list :)
I guess the only downside to all of this is that, as excited as I am, I don't want it to end. I have LOVED this journey...every bit of it. The training, the learning, the pushing myself, the planning, etc. I really don't know what I will do with myself after it is all done. I know there are other races, and if this goes well I don't see myself being a "one and done" kind of person, but I do worry about all the build up and then the "what now?" feeling after the race. Heaven knows I will always have enough on my plate, but it just won't be the same!
For now, I am riding the roller coaster where it is at and it is a wild ride. Can't wait to see how the next 30 days go! Happy training and racing all!