I’m not prepared. My training was too short. My long runs can’t be classified as long. I haven’t had a strong swim in weeks. I don’t know if my wetsuits fits! There’s an 11km climb on the bike. I wonder if I’ll really struggle on it (barring I even make it out of the water). My lady parts are going to get sore! Family is coming out to watch me; I don’t want it to be a bust.
I trained smart. My long runs weren’t very long, but at that point it’ll hurt no matter what training I had finished. I’ve really improved on the bike this year, so I’m sure I’ll notice a difference even with the climbs. If my shoulder hurts in the swim, slow down. It’s going to be a beautiful course, so just enjoy it!
These are the illogical and logical thoughts that have been running through my head lately. I get ridiculously nervous before any event, no matter how big or small. I’m not sure why, as I do this because I enjoy it.
I don’t have goals to place in my age group. I’ve never aspired to qualify for Kona. I don’t even have a time goal for this race.
I train at pretty much the same speed every day. (Note: this isn’t the way to get faster!) My bike pace for 30km is the same as for 175km. I don’t do speedwork or even fartleks. I haven’t done hill or stair repeats in a couple years. I’ve never swam an interval. Heck, I don’t even tumble turn!
I train because I love it. I like to push myself. I like having muscular legs. I like pushing myself to new distances. I love to run. And this year I’ve fallen in love with biking, too.
I need to remember this when I stress out over the next few days. I do it because I love it. I need to remember this on race day. I’m doing it because I enjoy it.
Unless you’re a professional getting paid to train and place in events, it’s easy to lose sight of why you train and why you race. Remember, it’s for fun!