I picked up my race packet this afternoon. The race is on Sunday. That gives me 2 1/2 days to question what I’ve done over the past 5 weeks. Did I train hard enough, long enough? Am I in over my head? I try to override this type of thinking with positive thoughts (and lots of prayer!), but it finds a way to sneak in when I least expect it.
I had originally signed up in the age category. That in itself was irritating because I had to register under the age that I would be as of Dec, 2011. Yup, I had to register as a 40 year old…I am not 40 yet!!! When I looked at the wave start for that age group, I saw that it didn’t begin until 7:34 (swim starts at 7:10) and there were only two groups after it. I was already nervous that I would be one of the final finishers and that about put me over the edge. I decided to see if I could choose another option: register in the Athena category. To qualify to be an Athena you have to weigh over 150 lbs and I definitely qualify! 😀 I called the race company and they said that was no problem to switch! Yay! The Athena/Clydesdale wave is second and starts at 7:14. I feel better about that start time and feel like I have more a headstart. The other good news is that my bike is fixed! I feel much more confident now that the gears are new.
Anywhoodle, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with what I need to do before Sunday AM. I need to prepare for my transitions and get my gear together. I need to find my mental toughness, as I believe this will take as long as my half marathon did, maybe longer. I’m nervous about the swim start and am not looking forward to getting an elbow or a foot anywhere near my face!
Regardless, I will Finish Strong!!!!
(This is where you tell me I can do it!!) 🙂