In one week, I will be doing this race. It's my fourth Ironman! I can't believe it. Looking back on this blog, I see that my first sprint triathlon was July 15, 2007. People now ask ME for advice about racing. I hope I am still inspirational to people. I think people might look at me and think 'oh it's easy for you skinny bitch' - but I haven't always been skinny and I'll probably never be a bitch! Experience helps - very little anxiety about this race, but I hope relaxation hasn't turned into complacency.
It will be interesting to see how I do compared to the first time. In 2008, my swim was 1:37, Bike was 7:30 and run was 7:00. Total time 16:12.
I am excited to see lots of my teammates do their first race. When I dropped off my bike, I could see the anxiety in their faces. I understand that. I wish I could do/say something that could alleviate it, but I think one SHOULD be anxious about one's first Ironman. Still, I hope I can be a source of reassurance/comedy in Tempe. Boa is packed.
Thank you David for fixing my bike. If I have a crappy bike split - it's no one's fault but mine!
See you in Arizona.