I’m doing Captex tomorrow, which is an Olympic distance race. It’s a 1.5K swim (.93 mile) , 40K (24.8 mile) bike, and 10K (6.2 mile) run. My goal is not to race as hard as I can but to move at a good clip and remain comfortable the entire time. The key for me is that I want to run the entire run. I want to see that my training has brought me to the point of being able to complete this distance with no walking. That would be a huge confidence booster for me.
This was a rocky week. My run on Wednesday with Caroline felt difficult, as did my swim on Thursday night. During the swim, I felt as though I had only one gear the whole time. Friday was better. I had a nice run with Jenny and a strong lower body session with Jake. Then this morning I biked 25 miles. It was easy going out and hard coming back because of a headwind, but it was generally an easy ride. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.
I did confirm this week that I do in fact have a house in Coeur d’Alene. I’m actually staying in Coeur d’Alene four nights and Spokane one night, so that I’ll be near the airport for an early morning flight. I think the house was a smart move. I’m hoping it’ll make life easier for all of us.
I can’t believe that the race is a mere 29 days away. So much of the last year of my life has been focused on June 22. I’m at the point where I am at least once daily visualizing my finish and it brings me to tears each time. I so want this. I want to know that I can do it, and I want to enjoy race day and feel good and trained for it. And I want to wake up the next morning, put on my finisher’s t-shirt, and buy some finisher’s gear. I want the 140.6 car decal. I want a finisher’s jersey, and I want a finisher’s fleece. I don’t know exactly when these things became so important to me, but they have.
I am so lucky to be able to give this distance a try. I am lucky to be healthy. I am lucky to have the time and the resources to invest in this effort. I am lucky to have like-minded friends and a supportive family. I am lucky to live in a town that caters to the triathlon obsession. I am just lucky.