Numbers have been assigned, my longest workouts are finished, and we’re less than four weeks out from IMCdA. I had a minor panic at the thought of it.
Thankfully, my husband broke it down for me.
- I did a 4km swim the other weekend, so I know I’ve got it (barring no serious issues or hypothermia).
- Although I won’t get in a 180km ride before this race, I biked 160km by myself this training cycle and I’ve ridden 180 a handful of times before.
- My furthest run will be 13 miles, but before IM Canada last year my longest run was only 15 miles.
- If my knee(s) bum out, the worst that happens is I have to walk and have a lot of fun cheering for other people!
- Most importantly, we do it for FUN!
I think nerves are something I will always have to deal with, regardless how prepared I am and how often I’ve participated in a distance. I ran track years ago and would get extremely nervous every single time, whether it was a small or big race and no matter how well I had trained.
I remember sitting on the grass about 20 minutes before Ironman Canada started last year wondering why I signed up for it. But during the event, I loved it!
Like always, my nerves are already kicking in along with doubts. I’ll just keep training, look at our race photos from previous events (to remind me how much I love it), and try to break down what makes me most fearful.
If it’s something I can’t control like water temperature, winds on the bike, rain, and other people on the swim and bike, I shouldn’t waste my energy worrying. (All part of my anxiety!)
Hopefully that will help me stay calm and get me to the start line with a smile!
Do you get nervous before a race? What keeps you calm?