The other night Scott and I got to go out on a date (I know, awesome, right!?) and one of the things we talked about was what were each looking forward to most in the coming weeks... I was a victim of over-choice when it came to picking a single thing... there are so many things I'm looking forward to! In no particular order:
~Finally getting to do this Ironman I've been training for all year. I smile when I think about that.
~Getting to meet Krista! I've been coaching her since January and totally feel like I know her even though we have not actually met in person. I think we're going to get along really well and I also think she is about to bust out a huge Ironman PR. This will be her 4th one.
~Witnessing three of my other athletes complete their first Ironman! I want to hug each of them at the finish line. I've totally enjoyed answering all their last minute questions this past week...
~Taking Moana to Idaho and seeing her interact with my mom... and my dad... and his wife and my little brother (no worries- everybody gets along splendidly). I'd like to say that my mom can't wait to watch me race but I'm not kidding myself... While I know she's excited to see Scott and me, it's really all about Moana... no really, that's cool... Moana has been wanting to get on the airplane and go see Grammy now for weeks! Every morning she has been waking up and saying, "Mom, can I go to Idaho?" Yes, sweetie, but not today... We'll go on Tuesday... as if that means anything to her... I guess tomorrow it will mean something.
~Meeting a bunch of other blogger/FB friends who, again, I feel like I sort of know but have never met... Kiet, Mary, Mark, Kate, Teresa, Jessie... and then there are my friends from AZ, Theresa and Matt and Russ, who will be there with their crew(s)... and my Coffees of Hawaii boss, Albert (cheer for him- he's the one who's responsible for the Floating Espresso Bar in Kona every year. He'll probably win his age group again here for like the 8th year in a row...) And then there's my good friend Jennifer who is the new TYR rep... and Laura who is the Powerbar rep who I'll want to catch up with a bit at the expo... Oh, and how could I forget my arch-rival, Kerrie? I've had more fun smack talking with her via FB these last few months... (Every time my phone dings and I see 'Kerrie Wlad has posted on your wall' I'm like, Oh boy... here we go again. I wonder what she wrote this time... Lol.) I was telling Scott that I am going to have to try really hard to balance out my desire to be social and hang with all these fun people yet also save a bit of energy to race. Yikes. That might be a tough balance.
~Post-race party. Enough said. I plan on being hung-over next Monday. Maybe Tuesday too.
~Camping in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks the week after the race! I know Scott and Kurt (Nalani's husband) are going to want to hike and cruise all around these beautiful parks. But I've already informed them- I'm going to be the one with my feet up in the hammock with a coffee or a beer (depending on the time of day), looking at the mountains and chatting with my dad. Being mellow. That's what I'm looking forward to.