Between now and tomorrow morning when my mom drops me off at the airport, I need to get a few things done:
- Draft a lawsuit
- Finish some work for a writing client
- Research an online magazine for my personal essay class
- Go to the bank
- Buy catfood for Baby Girl (the outdoor kitty who came with my house)
- Pack for St. George
Once I’m in St. George, I need to figure out a few things. Specifically, I need to figure out:
- Where to park race morning
- Where to put my car and hotel keys while I race
- How the transitions will work race morning since T1 and T2 are in different places
- How to gather my stuff after the race given that T1 and T2 are in different places
The most important stuff, however, will take place only in my mind. Between now and race morning, I need to figure out:
- How to keep myself calm, especially after I’ve driven the bike course
- What phrase to repeat to myself during the race
As the race nears, my lists get shorter, but the items on each list get more and more difficult. How I talk to myself over the new few days is critical. I need to assure myself that I’m capable, that I’m ready, and that it’ll be a good race day.
I think I do a good job of assuring others when I sherpa for them. I’ve supported others leading up to races, and I think they’d say I was a calming presence. But assuring myself is another thing.
You can do this. You’ve worked hard. You’re ready. Take each part of the race as it comes. Swim. Bike. Run. Maintain a steady effort. Think about the people who have supported your training this year. Mom. Natasha. Kerry. Jenny. Sommer. Erin. Poppe. Jenny. Catherine. See their faces. Hear their words of encouragement. Look around. Take it all in. You can do this. You can do this. You can do this.
I can do this. I’ve worked hard. I’m ready. Tomorrow, I’m off to St. George!