I can hardly believe that it is already Race Week! We leave for Houston first thing in the morning. My Belle has been cleaned, tuned, and the race bag is all packed and they are getting dropped off on our way to the airport with ProBike Express. The reality of all of this is sinking in!
Blame the taper, or the fact that I am about to have a dream come true, but I have been pretty emotional lately, which isn't like me at all. I actually cried while packing my race gear. I have been stressed about this as all of a sudden I am second guessing everything and the logistics of planning for a race of 140.6 miles was overwhelming at times. I actually had to walk away from it a few times. But, I think I have done a good job and am as ready as I will ever be from a logistics stand point. Once I had the bike and bag all packed I cried for a different reason. My heart was full and I just had this sudden sense of gratitude. Just a sense of gratitude for being able to have this journey and this opportunity. Excited, nervous, thankful, all rolled into one. It has been amazing and I am so thankful for the whole process!!
I have had anxiety over the weather. At one point it showed severe thunderstorms that day, but now that isn't quite the case. Any person with any sense of logic knows that you shouldn't trust any weather forecast 10 day out, especially in Texas, but logic went out the door when the taper started :)
I was also glad to get my sub plans all ready for the week as well. I have never taken that much time off from school and it was a bit overwhelming to plan that much for someone else. My students were sweet and hung the following banner outside my room for me to discover as I came in the other day.
My mother got here just fine and we have been getting her up to speed on the routine of the two minions. My suitcase is all packed with the non race stuff (there isn't really much of that :))
I know that a week from today it will be all over, but I am so excited about this week! I have missed Texas and it will be fun to be home. It will be fun to see people I haven't seen in a long while, and make new friends as well. I am super excited to meet up with the people from our IMTX Facebook group!
Do I have goals for this race? Yes and No. Obviously, I just want to finish. I know that is all I should be focused on, but I am too competitive with myself especially and of course I have goals in mind for each discipline and for an overall time I would like to hit. But, at the end of the day, I just want to finish, smile the whole time, and hear Mike Reilly call my name. Oh, and bring home some sweet finisher gear as well :)
I am sure people will get sick of my posts this week that are all Texas and race related, so if that is the case, screw them! Block me, hide me, delete me....but you have been forewarned, especially if you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter :)
If you care to follow me on race day, my Bib # is 1198. I am sure I will post between now and then, but in the meantime....Happy training, tapering, and racing all!!