Thursday, March 22, 2012

Three Things Thursday ...

Taper Madness - I've trained for a lot of races before, but I am pretty sure I have never really experienced taper madness.

Until now.

Ironman 70.3 Texas is 10 days away and I'm kind of freaking out. Not only have I suddenly been hit with seasonal allergies AND a cold, but I'm pretty sure that my right leg need to be amputated. It's awesome. But, at least with all of my obsessing, I have learned the following things.

I'm confident that I trained well enough to finish.
I'm confident that I am overestimating my abilities.
I'm confident that once I pack my bike, I won't be able to rebuild it. (Note: I only have to lower the seat, remove the front wheel and rotate the handlebars. But it still freaks me out.)
I'm confident that it's going to be freaking hot in Texas.
I'm confident that I am going to get stuck in my wetsuit.
I'm confident that I have no idea how to keep my water and Nuun from boiling in the Texas heat.
I'm confident that despite my notorious list making, I am going to forget to pack something.
I'm confident that I am going insane. For example, last night I had a dream that I accidentally released the air from both of my CO2 cartridges while setting up my bike in transition.
I am confident that I am going to cry when I finish.
I am confident that even if I have to crawl I am going to finish.
I am confident that even if everything goes awry and I am the last person to cross the finish line, I am going to still want to do an Ironman. I'm crazy like that.

Tattoo - Once I have survived Ironman 70.3 Texas, I am going to get another tattoo. The design has nothing to do with the race or my love of endurance sports (although I have considered adding something to it), but I am going to have to stay out of the pool for two weeks so I have to wait. I'm kind of excited. And bummed. I'm going to miss the pool.

Moving - So, in a little over two weeks, my little sister (the one who recently took up running) is moving in with us. We could not be more excited. J and I really want her to be successful with her new career (she just got her esthetician license) and we want to do whatever we can to help her establish herself. So, if you live in central Virginia and could use her services (facials, waxing, professional makeup application, etc), feel free to contact me.

Plus, having here with us will be a huge help to us. For one, I won't have to schedule my workouts around J's travel schedule. Score one for me. Plus, the girls love her to pieces. It's really a win-win.


Anonymous said...

You are going to be great! You are definitely very prepared and are going to surprise yourself :)

Can't wait to hear more about it! And enjoy your taper - I am jealous as I suffer through a 90 minute ride this morning and I am so bored :)


Canuck Mom said...

You are going to take that Ironman down. What is it your told me about my marathon in October..........I think you said I was ready and mentally prepared. Same goes for you. You are going to have those "crap what if" moments, but you are the honey badger. Remember the honey badger is hardcore. He did not even care when he got that poisonous snake. LOL!!

I love tattoos. I can not wait to get another one someday. I have a design for it, but no time to get it right now. Can not wait to see what you get. And how exciting about your sister. That will be very helpful.

Karen said...

I am confident you are going to kick some 70.3 butt. That is all :)

Exciting about your sister moving in - hopefully it will be a stress reliever for you.

Unknown said...

1. Oak pollen is high right now so plan for allergies
2. It's not that hot you should be fine. Last years race set black flag records, this morning it was 40 degrees...
3. I wish I could come cheer you on!
4. Texas is an awesome place to be a badass honey badger. Your gonna kill it.

Kortni said...

You are so funny. I think you are definitely trained for this race and you WILL BE GREAT! Galveston is flat and on the water so it will be cooler than Houston. That is a bonus. It should not be boiling hot by then so your Nuun should be good!

Glad you are going to be getting help at the house. You will be so much less stressed!

Katie said...

You are going to rock the race! I am so excited for you!

MCM Mama said...

You are going to be so awesome!

Jealous of your sister moving in. I wish we had any family in the area...

Running Ricig said...

I just got another tattoo! What are you thinking of getting (or is it a secret?)?

That's awesome about your sister!

Jessica (Pace of Me) said...

I am confident that though you know deep down you are a strong woman and completely capable of rocking this race, you are in fact even stronger than you think you are and you are going to discover that on race day. i cannot wait to hear all about it. you have worked so hard for this and it has been an insanely busy time in your life with a lot of changes and more than the usual amount of chaos - it is no wonder that you are feeling extra crazy with the race only 10 days away. hang in there (easier said than done, i know) - it will all be worth it! i cried after every single marathon i have ever run. that will never change for me.
oh and your sister -- how wonderful! it sounds like it will just what both of you need. i love sisters. xxxooo

Jessica (Pace of Me) said...

ps - a new tattoo is in the works for me also. i have been wanting it for 2 years ... i think this spring/summer it will finally happen!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

You're going to love - not to mention rock - Texas!

And an Ironman is the only logical 'next step'. The bigger question is "which one?"

Aimee said...

This post is so awesome b/c I think it's something all endurance athletes could write at some point before a major race!!

You are going to ROCK it!!!

Evolving Through Running said...

Sounds like you are all kinds of ready. Besides, think how much more aerodynamic you'll be if you amputate the right leg.

Marlene said...

The doubts are notmal, but you have done the work. I KNOW you are going to rock it out and cross that 70.3 finish line with your arms in the air and feeling like the rockstar that you are. And I am going to be waiting for all kinds of tips & advice before mine in June. :)

Unknown said...

Sounds like you are ready, good luck!! Enjoy reading your blog.

track coach and adorable wife said...

I'm confident only half those things are true ;)

Suzanne said...

You're going to do AWESOME!!!!

Yay for sisters!

Here's a question regarding the bike- I know you have been less than excited about riding on the road since your accident- with good reason- but were you scared when you first started riding? I want to ride but I'm scared of riding on roads and with traffic and all of that stuff. Any tips?

Jason said...

All of those items says you are ready, which you are. More than ready.

Don't forget to pack sunscreen. Bring your own b/c you don't want them slathering that thick stuff on you.

You got this!!!!!

Anonymous said...

that's a WHOLE lot of awesome in one post!