Friday, November 19, 2010

Ready, Set, Wait

Hola from Tempe Arizona, cactus land and home of Ironman Arizona!!!!!  It’s almost time for the BIG day.  Or rather, the long catered training day with VIP parking.  A year ago at this time, I signed up for IMAZ - it’s pretty easy to hit that send button on Active.com along with $575 when the race is a year away!  It’s funny, I always had the excuse to NOT do an Ironman when I worked 40+ hour weeks in an office with an hour commute downtown each way.  But I wanted to.  I said, “if I ever do an Ironman, it’s because I’m not working in an office anymore.”  And then I got canned so I ran out of excuses.  It was time to ante-up and make the commitment. 
So last November I hit the send button.  I made some changes that needed to be made in order for me to start the race knowing I was fully prepared.  One of the changes was to hire a new coach, and though I haven’t spoken/written much about that decision here, it was without a doubt the best decision I have made since I hit the send button!   See, though I have guided several athletes to Ironman success (and a Kona finisher), I needed my own guide for this journey.  I know the work it takes for my athletes and how I ready them for the big day but when you turn that around and look in the mirror, I needed this coach.  I needed his guidance, advice and enthusiasm.  A bonus was when he made the decision to move to Boulder in the spring.....and every Wednesday and Saturday or Sunday was spent training in and around Boulder.  It. Was. Awesome.  
And though PIC was definitely training for Ironman - first Coeur d’Alene, then Kona - I felt like I was just kind of tagging along.  I wasn’t in “official” IM training yet.  But there were long swims, long rides, and the start of long runs.  And, BONUS, I was racing faster than ever!  We’ve had to deal with an injury starting in July that was years in the making unfortunately, but with Coach’s cautiousness and my perserverence I will be on the starting line Sunday.  So my IM training didn’t even feel like IM training until about 6 weeks ago after returning from the Hawaii sojourn.  And after witnessing the action in Kona, I was ready for it!  I was Ironman training!  It. Was. Awesome.  
So here I sit by the pool at my cute little hotel in Scottsdale.  PIC and I have already signed our lives away at IM registration.  We rode some of the course this morning and then it’s off to find a nice outdoor pool to swim in.  And the athlete banquet tonight!  Tomorrow, a light swimbikerun and a quick trip to the airport to pick up Michael and Charlotte.  And then the preparing of the bags: swim to bike, bike to run, special needs.  Then, Newt will get dropped off at bike check-in and patiently (yeah, right) wait for Sunday morning.  Ready, set....WAIT.
I’ve been sleeping great for the last couple of weeks.  I’ve cut down on sugar and SHOCKER I’m only drinking one cup of half caf coffee in the morning.  Oh, and even bigger SHOCKER??!!!  No wine/beer for me in the last month.  I’m a lean, mean (well, not really mean), hungry (yep, for food and racing) racing machine!  

3 comments:

Ben s. said...

Let the fun times roll!

You are going to rock it out there!

Bret said...

Good luck Michelle! Swim, bike, and run hard, but most of all have some fun out there, too.

Kelly said...

Awesome! I was in Tempe last weekend and pictured you and Sonja Grrr-ing it up at the start! Have a wonderful day!