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!