Posted by: pursuingsub17 | July 14, 2011

Why am I not nervous about this race?


I was driving to work this morning and I was thinking – one week and three sleeps and I’m doing my “A” Race of 2011. Time flies. I can’t believe it’s almost here. I remember running at the indoor track like it was yesterday. I trained a lot indoors this year. I’ve had quite a few long rides, swam more than last year and made a great leap on my run. I’ve also managed to lose 5 lbs from last year and actually maintain that weight. I’ve done much more than last year. My nutrition for long workouts is better. Is that why I’m not nervous?

I should be nervous. I haven’t had an open water swim this year like I had wanted. I haven’t been in a wetsuit since the Calgary 70.3 last year. Tomorrow I’m changing a bike tire on my own for the first time and race day is not that far off. I haven’t done the core work that I promised myself I would for this year – or the strength training. I did more core work over the winter and spring and NOTHING over the last few summer months. I promised myself I would do yoga in the mornings for stretching and strength. Nope. The desire to sleep won that battle. I haven’t practiced transition – maybe mentally practicing is good enough?

Maybe the improvements I’ve made out-weigh some of the things I didn’t do this year. For that reason, maybe I’m feeling ready. I do know I’m sick of long training. I’ve had enough for the year. I might squeeze another running race in for October. Marc and I are really thinking about going to Penticton to volunteer for IM Canada in the massage tent (he’s signing up for next year!!).

Maybe it’s because I’m thinking more about making some big changes in my life over the next two years – changing careers, selling the condo and buying a house, thinking about a “retirement” condo in Kimberley, writing a book. Those seem to be more on my mind than the race.

I wasn’t nervous two days before the race last year…yet Marc thought I was a basket case when we arrived in Calgary. I was edgy and didn’t care at the same time. I ate terrible for the two days before race day. This year I have my nutrition strategy all planned out – From Friday night dinner through to breakfast Sunday morning (no oatmeal!!).

So I say “I’m not nervous”, but maybe I am. My brain just hasn’t acknowledged it yet!

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  1. I’m sooo excited for you and to hear how everything goes!!!
    Good Luck!!!!


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