October is an exciting month around here... First Ironman, then Moana's Birthday!
I cannot believe it is October already.
I distinctly remember last October... feeling super fat... big like a house... 9 months pregnant sitting at this computer watching Ironman online and all depressed that I wasn't there and thinking about the distinct possibility that I never would be there again... I swear, I NEVER would have guessed that this year I'd be racing there. NEVER.
But alas, in 9 days I'll take off at the sound of the cannon with all those other nervous athletes and I promise you, I will enjoy every stinkin' minute of it. :)
So lately I've been getting the same questions over and over again... From those who maybe don't know me very well or haven't seen me in a while I get, "Are you ready?" To which I answer confidently, "Yes." I am ready. There's no doubt about that. I've done every workout assigned to me, and I nailed all the key ones. I think I worked hard enough, but I don't think it was too hard. I think I did enough, but I don't think I was ever overtrained. I am ready.
The next question I get is, "Are you excited?" To that one, I answer, "Not quite yet." To be totally honest, I haven't thought a lot about the race itself. Every time I start to imagine it, I get images of how incredibly overwhelmed I was last time as I was quietly looking around me and taking it all in as I was getting in the water to wait for that crazy swim to start. It makes my heart palpitate a bit too much so I just put it away and stop thinking about it. That being said, if I can change my focus to thinking about being at the finish line and having my picture taken with Scott and Moana, I get excited. :) I am also excited about being there in Kona and meeting a bunch of my blogger friends... And there will be a ton of people there who I actually already know- my friend Kathy is coming all the way from Chicago, and a whole bunch of athlete friends from here will be there watching and cheering (and some racing of course too!) so the whole weekend will be quite social. I'm excited about that!
The last question I've been getting is, "Are you nervous?" My answer? "No." I don't feel I have anything to be nervous about. I mean, I'm not trying to qualify for anything. I don't have delusional ambitions about winning. There's no one in particular that I'm trying to beat. I'm sure my body has the ability to go the distance. So once again, I find myself feeling more curious than anything. Curious about how fast I can go... Curious about how long I can hold off those gazelle runner girls before they pass me... Curious about how I'm going to feel while running that marathon... just curious. I have nothing to be nervous about?
So there you go. October is here. Sweet. What a fun month this is going to be!