St George Time
night before IMSG race and we have had a full schedule running around as usual before an Ironman with the check-in, swim bag, bike bag, run bag, run special needs bag, bike special needs bag, morning bag…you get the idea.
With all of the running around and seeing old and new friends I can honestly say I have never enjoyed this part of the experience more. The shared process and watching everyone else go about their routine is in some unique way entertainment in itself. Its also from a change in my perspective of a spectator because I was set on not doing the race myself. I have had a busy schedule and had A LOT of changes in my life over the last four weeks. Part of why I have not blogged and have loads in draft mode just getting thoughts out and recovering from travel. The last two adventure races took me to some places I never thought I would go in more ways than one. That requires some recovery I never thought I would need.
I am stoked to know so many good people racing tomorrow and I am just as excited to see them take it to the next level. I have got to watch a some of these guys train over the last few months or longer for this race so it will be a real treat to see them open the can tomorrow.
Monique is RACE READY
I missed racing Oceanside and will miss St G but I did race them last year and it was a good trade for Patagonia and Italy. I learned what it takes for me to really RACE something and I know I am not ready for that effort again just yet…I want so save it for when it matters most. Besides, with no plans for Kona this year it just fits. I did however already pay for it and decided to jump into the swim and make a good workout out of it. It is ironic that with all of my focus on running the last few months it is the one thing I have been cutting out. I was on the edge of injury after getting back from Italy and I know RACING a marathon here would put off my training that much longer. The load from over 20 hours of running with a heavy pack is a lot to absorb. If I have any goals for tomorrow it is to swim smooth, bike without holding back for the marathon and run off the bike for a reality check (but ONLY 40-50min max). I figure it is a rare opportunity to go into a race knowing I wont be running a marathon at the end and let it go. Plus, I still get to carbo load with everyeone.
Thats what I’m talkin’ about! Good food, good people, good fun. Life is simple.
We have about five hours until we get up in the morning so I gotta start closing my eyes.