“Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.” – Doug Larson
I am so excited to write this post on the day before my second ultra distance triathlon. Unlike my first 140.6, today I am filled with gratefulness, excitement, determination and contentment and things like fear, self-doubt and nervousness are on the back burner.
I am grateful that I’ve made it here. Last year my accident meant I was on crutches when the race gun went off, but this year I am healed and healthy. I am also grateful for all the wonderful people in my life who have encouraged me and kept me out way too late on nights before long workouts
I am determined.. to say the least. I didn’t do any brick workouts or ride the race course the first time around. I also didn’t look at the course maps or even realize there were cut-off times! When i finally got going, my main drive was to finish, and finishing last didn’t feel like a disappointment at all! Now I’ve travelled more miles and put a little more thought into my training (even if my training was less hours than I had planned). This year I know the course, I know the cut-off times and I have real, ambitious goals.
I’m unbelievably excited! By reminding myself that this really is just a race and it’s a whole day full of things I love, I’ve avoided taking it too seriously. I am so full of excitement for the coolness of the water, the hills I know so well and seeing my friends on the run (and crossing that finish line!!!!!), that there’s no room for fear.
I’ve never been so calm before a race. I am counting down the hours until the fun begins… it’s more exciting than Christmas! For today I am going to jog a few miles; get in a good, long stretch; drop off my bike at packet pick-up; and, finally, eat my traditional pre-race dinner at Whole Foods.
“The gun goes off and everthing changes… the world changes… and nothing else really matters.” – Patti Sue Plummer
I am #218 for the Great Floridian Ultra Triathlon. Preliminary results will be posted to the website here. Richard and friends will be tweeting about my progress with the hashtag #haTRI if you want to follow along. Also, follow me on Instagram at /healthyashley and on Twitter for pre-race updates!
Best of luck to everyone racing this weekend!