Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A case of the buts

It’s race week.  I’m ready (physically).

But I’m still not (mentally).

I’ve trained more and harder than ever before for a 1/2 IM.

But what if it’s not enough?

I’ve been working on improving my swimming.

But what if it’s not wetsuit legal? (won’t know till race morning)

I’m definitely a stronger cyclist.

But I don’t know the course because I’ve never been to Austin. (It CAN’T be harder than Vineman though, can it?)

Running is my happy place.

But my legs are worn down from last week’s National.  (I’ve been sleeping 9 hrs/night though and they are catching up fast)

Yes, it’s that time of race week where I’m definitely tapering (evidenced by the incident yesterday where I smacked myself in the face with the freezer door) and it’s a little too early to pack but never too early to panic.  Come race day, I will be calm and confident – there’s no other way to be, because it’s the only way I’ll be able to function.  But now is when I get to work through all my worries and doubts.  I would like to think that all my training will culminate in one final PR for the year, but I need to take it one step at a time for now, one leg at a time on race day, and focus on the task at hand.  All week, I’ve been focusing on lots of sleep and eating clean.  Yesterday was tuneup day, both for my bike (dropped it at the shop) and for me (saw my massage therapist for some ritual beating).  Tonight, I’ll pack my gear. 

In 2 days I’ll be on my way to Austin!

15 comments:

Wes said...

as Teh ELF sez, "It will be enough."

:-)

San said...

Molly: YOU HAVE DONE FANTASTIC IN TRAINING, SO THE RACE WILL GO YOUR WAY. It's your great day, you'll be ready.

The pain is over: NOW CELEBRATE!!! You've done all this hard training for this day of fun. SO ENJOY.

HUGS and strong legs.

Cheers.

PS: For the time being: stay away from freezers. ;-)

Meredith said...

You are ready and everything will come together perfectly on Sunday. I'm so bummed I can't be there to cheer you on person, but I'll be here at the computer cheering you on from home!

Beth said...

You will be great Molly! I think everyone has all those same types of questions during the lead up to a big race. Best of luck and have a blast!

Meera said...

Austin is waiting for you and we know you'll rock it!

Andrew Opala said...

I like your blog, but I often forget to post.

I think you will do well, but you won't know until you finish!

Kelly said...

Sometimes our thoughts get in the way, BUT you can overcome them and race to the best of your ability on that day!! Have a great race!

Scott said...

Mols(thats what I would call you if I actually knew you) you gotta trust in your training. You put in all those miles and laps for a reason, you wore down your body for a reason, so that you would become stronger. Believe in your training, it will not fail you in Austin.

Scott said...

Mols(thats what I would call you if I actually knew you) you gotta trust in your training. You put in all those miles and laps for a reason, you wore down your body for a reason, so that you would become stronger. Believe in your training, it will not fail you in Austin.

E.L.F. said...

Never look too far ahead or behind in racing. Ask yourself, what can I do right here, now to have the best race possible. You keep asking yourself that until this weekend and my guess is you'll be sitting on a new PR at the end of the day :)

Susietri said...

Shut up already - you're an Ironman. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.

Hugs

So excited for November and Tempe again. Swim exit is going to rock - athletes won't want to continue the race 'cause we're soooo much fun.

Midwestern Dot said...

You'll be great! I'm really bummed I can't make it to cheer you on!

Jennifer said...

You are going to do great! All your extra training is going to support you well. Have a great time, run smart, bike swift and swim like a fish! And remember to smile as you cross the finish line!

D said...

ARGH! I'm soooo behind on things!! Like, I didn't even know that you're racing Austin.

Have a great day out there!

SHERRY said...

Molly, you are going to do fantastic. I know that you'll give it all that you've got on race day... and that's all that matters. Safe travels and good luck!