As hard as it is to believe, race week is here. Race. Week. Is. Here. The emotions this time are quite a bit different than for my first Ironman. I wouldn't say I'm feeling pressure (although I certainly do have a time goal this time around but more about that later). I think the main difference is that this time, I know what to expect. I know that anything can happen despite the fact that my training has been spot on. Once again, there are only so many things I can control on race day and the key now is to let go of everything I can't control and continue to focus on the few things I can control.
Stress. I can definitely make a strong effort to control this. I'll be working from home on Wednesday & Thursday of this week and am taking Friday as a vacation day. When I work from home, I stay very busy but have the flexibility of working in my PJ's or working out at a decent time vs 4am or 9pm. Working from home will help me stick to my nutrition plan better and will also make it easier for me to hydrate. I won't have to wear heels which is an added bonus.
The festivities of the week get going on Wednesday when Athlete Check-In opens. I'll be heading over there mid-day to get my goodies so I can start preparing my gear bags early. Thursday is the Athlete Banquet and Athlete Meeting. Friday morning will be our practice swim in the bathwater of Lake Woodlands. Bike/gear check also opens on Friday morning and this will be the time I bid my bike farewell...if only for a few hours. I've made my to do lists for the week (shocker, I know) all in the hopes of keeping Friday evening as stress-free as possible.
|That's me, #1844!|
I didn't do too bad with the taper at first but today, I find myself irritable and frustrated. Mentally, I remind myself constantly that I'm not losing any fitness and I'm going to be ready on Saturday. I'm still practicing visualizing the race one piece at a time. And as if I wasn't anal enough, I've now put to paper how I plan to break up the day. I've heard that having tiny goals or milestones throughout the day will help. I've broken the swim, bike & run up into 3 sections each. Yeah, super anal. Sections by section, I've thought about what I will face in good or bad conditions. I've thought about how I'm going to mentally fight back if it gets bad. At some point though, I need to just sit back and let it all be.
Like I said, the taper wasn't so bad at first. I really enjoyed my workouts last week and by the end of the week, found myself feeling very strong. I was so tempted to push it at times but reminded myself that now is not the time to test speed. Just do what coach orders. I'm ready.
I have a feeling I'll be blogging a lot this week. I want to talk a little about my goals. I also need to share with you my race day attire...no, I still haven't ironed it all out completely. I'm sure I'll talk a little bit more about any last minute jitters and what's going through my head. And then of course, I'll have a post the night before the race because we all know I'm not really going to fall asleep at 8pm when I climb into bed.
My next post will either be about my goals for the race or Ironman Blues (because nobody told me about them the first time I did Ironman). Until then, happy training!!!!!
|After my final "long" ride on Sunday. Leia doesn't look impressed.|