Anyway, the lead-up to CDA was great. I came into the race happy, healthy and confident. In fact, I was so relaxed that last week I had a moment of....wait, I'm too relaxed, I'm too confident. And Ironman will tear up those who approach the day with too much confidence and not the right preparation and/or race plan. But then I sat back, looked at the work I have done over the last 6 months. I thought of just being healthy on the start line. I was confident in my race plan. And if that doesn't get me ready....nothing will!!
I arrived in CDA on Thursday with my substitute PIC (actually there is NO substitute) and athlete Peter. PIC was with her family but joined us later for athlete registration and a little drive around the bike course. Rumor had it that the new course was hilly with a couple of significant climbs. The course lived up to what we had heard but tried to alleviate some of our nerves by saying - hills always look steeper in the car (yeah, whatever), we tried. And the last hill coming back into town??? Sure, it would be fine at mile 50ish but at mile 100 on lap 2? Seemed like a cruel joke the race director was playing. Then we drove the run course - it's beautiful!! And once again, a steep little hill that I'm sure the RD was saying "mwaa ha ha ha".
|CDA!! Here we are!!|
Friday was all about trying to relax after swimming in the lake. It was ccccccccold! That initial shock of the cold water hitting the face was brutal, I seemed to get a cold headache right away. But within 5 minutes, I had numbed up and was swimming well. So I thought it would be the same on race day - just misery for the first 5 minutes while trying to get in front then all would be OK (great thought but more on that in the actual race report). A quick bike ride with a couple of intervals to get the blood moving and I just wanted Sunday to be here already!! From there on out it was sleep, eat, drink, feet up, eat, rinse and repeat.
|Looks all sweet and innocent doesn't it??|
There was a huge Colorado contingent racing CDA so there were friends and familiar faces all over the place which just kind of made it seem like home:) And in addition to athlete Peter, I had 2 other athletes racing as well - Kirsten and Justin. Exciting!!
Nerves settled in Saturday night and I got all teary eyed watching the track and field olympic trials. But a Nike commercial that was on that night really stuck with me. It started with Joan Benoit Samuelson and their kid counterparts. The entire commercial is awesome but one line opened my eyes, ears, and heart. "Someone has to be the best.....why not me?" And why not me for CDA?? (I hope this doesn't sound conceited because it is sure not meant to be) I had done the training and I knew I was ready. In fact I felt more ready than I had in my previous IM's. I also knew my competition would be fierce (as it always is). But I had set that little goal back in October as soon as I crossed the finish line at Kona. I wanted to go back. I wanted to qualify again. And that was why I was in this race.....to see if I could do it. Again. A tall order for sure. We all know they just don't hand those slots out. I would have to give the race everything I had. And so with that line in my head, I went to bed. Tossed and turned for an hour or so and finally fell asleep.