While a picture of the swim course hasn't been posted, we know it will be a point to point swim starting at North Shore Park, heading to South Shore Park where we turn around and then head through the Waterway system to transition. I have to admit, I'm not sure how me and 2,499 of my closest friends are going to squeeze in there but that's ok! Time to practice full contact swimming. I'm thinking of inviting about 50 people to Keith's house and have us all jump in at the same time...that should do the trick.
The bike course looks awesome! I honestly can't wait to get out there and ride the portions I haven't already been on. The best part of the bike course (other than the finish) is that it goes right by Keith's neighborhood on the way back to transition!!! My estimate is this is around mile 100 and I honestly can't think of a better way to end my bike than with seeing my friends & family SO close to the end of a very long & probably lonely 112 mile journey! I know the picture I'm including is small so if you want to see it a little better, go to http://www.ironmantexas.com/ and check it out for yourself.
I read the directions for the run course and as expected, it will be a 3 loop course at the front of The Woodlands staying in the area of the mall, Waterway, Market Street, etc. This makes perfect sense and I think it will translate to lots of spectator support. The fact that it's a 3 loop course is appealing to me because I know everyone I will want to see will set up chairs at one spot and I'll get to see them THREE WHOLE TIMES before finishing. If this isn't motivation, I don't know what is. I've decided I will start incorporating the IMTX run course in my weekly runs. Some may say that will get boring but I don't care! The more I'm on that course, the more I can visualize how I'll handle different situations. Visualizing race day will become second nature! Can you feel the excitement through the words I'm typing?!?!
I've got a couple of big races to get through first. Ironstar is next week (I think I may have mentioned that lol). IMTX 70.3 is in April, just 6 weeks before the big day. Wow! It's going to be here before I know it. With every day that passes, I'm one day closer to my first half Ironman and I'm so excited.
I know it's early but you know me...I plan. That's just what I do. Anyway, Keith & I will be coming up with a plan for friends & family to have somewhere to hang out while I'm on the IMTX course. Between my house (also close to the bike route) and his, we'll have plenty of comfy space for everyone to eat, relax, hang out & have fun while I'm working towards a goal I never thought I would achieve. As cheesy as this sounds, it's bringing a tear to my eye as I think about it! I've already visualized the finish a million times and every time I do, it involves LOTS of tears, LOTS of smiles, LOTS of family and me doing the centipede across the finish line.