Pre-Race Jitters

Ryan Gosling... swoon...

Ryan Gosling… swoon…

This morning I went for my pre-race swim with my training buddy, Blair. It went well even though I forgot my wetsuit. So I swam in my bathing suit, which was actually pretty good. It prepared me for the “cold panic” that I always get (and I think most get) when I first get in the water.

The water this morning was clear and calm, even though it was pretty windy. I met another triathlete out there and we may even become training buddies! As I’ve mentioned before, training buddies are the shit!

As I was driving into town this morning I have to admit that I had pre-race jitters. I’ve been having them off-and-on all week. I’m so excited to race tomorrow, yet I’m terrified. Three years is a long time in between races! I really am hoping just to make it through. I know that I will so I guess I need to focus on enjoying every moment. The course is beautiful, the lake is not green, and I’ll be surrounded by awesome, strong, women triathletes!

Today my love and 2/3 kiddos are playing slow-pitch with my sister & bro-in-law. Part of me so badly wants to be there with them, playing ball, eating sunflower seeds, and drinking beer. This is a little test for myself to maintain my focus and motivation for triathlon. I was tempted to go there after work today, instead of going home, but a friend helped me decide that it would waver my focus. I would be tempted to stay longer than I should and to drink deliciously dehydrating beer. Instead I’m going to go home, set out my clothes, go for a walk/run with the dogs, and watch the Tour de France. I’m going to read my book and relax. I’m going to drink water and eat pasta.

This race will be such a great reintroduction for me to racing. It’s not major (for me), but it’s enough for me to really put my energy into doing what I need to do to reach my goals. I’m getting more and more excited every moment!

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