Two years ago today, Jeanie, Erin, Malinda, Robin and I were racing in Coeur d’Alene. I can’t speak for the girls who are also mommas, but, for me, I will say that was easily the best day of my life. It wasn’t an easy day, but it was far-and-away-no-doubt-about-it-beyond-all-stretch-of-the-imagination more wonderful than anything I’ve done before or since. It’s hard to believe it was two years ago.
Since then, I’m been trying to repeat the experience or, perhaps more accurately, the accomplishment. Everything – from preparedness to travel to housing to weather to the presence of just the right people – worked so beautifully in Coeur d’Alene that I don’t really ever expect to repeat the experience. But the accomplishment? I need that. I crave it. I thought I would have three Ironmans under my belt by now, but the last two I signed up for didn’t work out. In the case of Canada, days off of surgery, my body wasn’t up for it. In the case of St. George, in the midst of work and busyness, my mind wasn’t up for it. I’m scheduled to race on August 29. My body and mind need to come together. I think they will.
Right now, my focus is rides, runs, swims and yoga. I’m doing little else, and I expect to do little else until after I get home from Canada on August 31. That may sound boring or excessive or [insert your adjective here], but when I think about that more-wonderful-than-anything-I’ve-done-before-or-since experience, I know every moment of training is worth it. So friends, I apologize for my absence these days, and I invite you to join me for a ride, run, swim or yoga class any time. In fact, I welcome the company.
Malinda and Robin are traveling to Coeur d’Alene this week to race again on Sunday. Jeanie is traveling to Buffalo Springs. I wish you the best, ladies. I wish you speed. And to borrow/steal my new favorite phrase from Erin, I wish you a tailwind both ways!
Happy anniversary to us. May it be one of many.