Tomorrow is my first tri of the season! It’s also my first tri since I broke myself in half 362 days ago. I am excited, and I am nervous! I’m not nervous about crashing or drowning or even pulling my achilles (more on that later). As always before races or hard workouts, I’m most scared of not putting it out there. Of getting scared, getting conservative, and sandbagging. Of not finding the line.
For this race – A Tri in the Buff sprint distance – I have several goals. In order of importance:
1. Start healthy. This means taking good care of my nutrition today and tomorrow morning. I’ve planned it out and will have it all prepped tonight so minimal thinking has to take place at 3:30am tomorow morning. Starting healthy also means dealing well with my achilles, arches, and legs in general. They’ve been really tight and pretty sore this week, so I’ve been rolling, doing yoga, and being extra aware of them during (and between) workouts. They’re ok to go tomorrow, but I know I need to pay attention to how they’re feeling and warm them up slowly.
2. Finish healthy! Carry out the nutrition plan, stay focused, keep the rubber side down, and keep those feet happy on the run.
3. Push it. Go as hard as my body will let me while still finishing healthy. Find that line! Can’t wait!
4. Beat my times from Keuka last year?? Last season’s Keuka Lake Tri sprint distance is the only other tri I’ve done, as my schedule last season got interrupted right along with my pelvis’ structural integrity. I just looked at my times online, and they were faster than I’d remembered! I honestly don’t know where I’ll be in comparison (granting that it’s a different course, different weather, different body, and different outlook). But it will be interesting!
5. Enjoy it! Whatever my time ends up being, I’ll be out there, with a whole bunch of excellent people, including some TT’ers, Coach Mary (who is also race announcing), and my parents, who are flying in from Wisconsin for the weekend. The weather forecast looks pretty good to boot. I’m going to soak it up and smile. Because doing this – being alive and healthy enough to choose to challenge yourself – is pretty incredible.
And to get there…all I need to do is connect the dots. I know where I want to be – the finish line, healthy and smiling and spent – and I know what I need to do to get there. Now I just need to take it step by step through my preparation (and laundry and housecleaning) today and through the race.
To to it off, my last dots of the day tomorrow will be a Nutella & banana crepe at Simply Crepes and then the Red, White & Booms concert at CMAC with my parents! Can a day get any better?
Stay tuned for the race report. 🙂