Monday, March 27, 2006

Leavin' on a jet plane....

60 hours before my flight takes off for Hawai`i.
5.5 days until the gun goes off in Anaeho'omalu Bay, on the Kona Coast, where we will compete on the same grounds as the Ironman championship.

Unreal. 5 months for training for a what I hope to be a 3 hour or less event.

5 months:

$5000 in donations raised towards cancer research
Over 700 miles on the bike
Over 150 miles ran
Over 50 miles swam

Friendships that will last beyond this triathlon.
Cutting 31 seconds off my 1 mile run time trial.
Meeting and knowing people that made it all worth it.
Getting up at 6am EVERY saturday, and knowing it was worth it by the time I saw everyone.
Doing a 1.5 mile ocean swim as a "Final Tune Up".
a 59 year old coach who has more energy and experience than you could imagine.
Inspiration that came from unexpected places.
Getting support from people I've never known.
A competitive fire in me that I didn't know existed.

It's been something else over these past 5 months. I am almost at a loss for words, but all I know is that I am so excited to be doing what I am doing. It's kind of weird knowing that I have spent 10-15 hours/week for the last 5 months training for something I hope will be done in less than 3 hours.

This triathlon brought out a competitive fire that I had no idea existed. Originally, my goal was to finish in under 3 hours. I am striving for 2:40, but winds, and potential rain could derail that. But when I talk to people, they say that they take their time because you are in HAWAII, and it's so beautiful. There's not many sports where you can swim with exotic fishes and giant sea turtles, ride on a highway named after a queen, and run through lava fields! They say to take it all in. And then you realize that you are doing this for cancer research, and it really doesn't matter what time you finish in.

Being on that podium sounds really good, but they are right :) Hopefully if all goes well,I can have the best of both worlds!

Thank you everyone for your support, and we will catch up after I return from the big island! (4/10/06)