It has been just under a year since I made the decision that I wanted to do a full Ironman triathlon. Originally I wanted to try and do it this year but I felt it was important to do at least one 70.3 before I did a 140.6. And since you have to sign up for most Ironman a full year in advance, it meant I can’t do one until 2012. As a result I am watching a bunch of my new friends (people I have met since I have started this journey) getting ready to do Ironman St. George tomorrow, and it has me excited. For some people this will be their first and for others it is just the first for the year!
Many of them have been tweeting the last couple days about tapering for the race, getting their bikes tuned up one last time, packing their snacks for the ride, and even sharing pictures of their transition bags . Their excitement is fueling my fire to continue to train for something that is still a year away. I am not a patient person so planning for something that is a year away is tough. Yesterday, the biggest inspiration came from a friend in the form of an email that was sent out to a bunch of us. It read as follows:
“I can’t believe the big day is finally here! Ironman St. George will start at 7 am Saturday May 7th (6 am in CA, 9 am in NH). I have been training hard for 7 months now and am both nervous and excited. Yesterday was very windy making for a cold, choppy swim and windy bike ride. Today there is no wind and the water was warmer (62) and flat, perfect for race day conditions! I’m hoping for a windless day on Saturday even though the highs look to be about 90 when we start the marathon. I am hoping to complete the course in under 11 1/2 hours, but weather among other things will play a part in my time. St. George is a beautiful town and I am racing with several really good friends so whatever the outcome it will be a incredible day. The journey getting here has been amazing and I am a different person because of it. I love everything about this crazy race called the Ironman, the friends I have made and what it has shown me about myself. The journey getting here has been amazing and I am a different person because of it.
Many of you have asked about following my race on Saturday. You can go to www.ironman.com and at the top of the page will be a header for St. George and a subtitle that says Athlete Tracker. Click on that and you can put in either my name or my bib # which is 262 (very lucky #, 26.2 miles in a marathon!). There will be an update after the swim and then several throughout the ride and run course.
Thanks for all of your support and encouragement over the past year and for understanding all of the things I have missed due to training. It will all be worth it this Saturday. And to all the moms out there, have a very Happy Mothers Day!”
All I could think of was the letter I will get to write next year! One more year and it will be my turn!
Good luck to those racing tomorrow! I can’t wait to hear your stories of how your day went becoming an Ironman!