…and I am freaking out a little bit! I have a million and one questions running through my head and I am having a hard time silencing the crazy.
There are the taper questions….
I don’t feel recovered. Did I taper enough?
I am cutting back more than my plans calls for this week. Am I doing too little?
And the goals questions…
I have BIG goals. Am I setting myself up for disappointment?
I want to leave it all on the course. If I feel good at the start of the run, should I throw the 2:00 time goal out the window and run 8:30’s?
And as always, the logistics and gear questions…
It’s going to be cool at the start of the bike. Should I wear my tri top, knowing I will warm up eventually? Or should I swim in a sports bra under my wet suit, throw on a jersey for the bike, then change for the run?
I want to take in most of my liquids through my aero bottle. Should I try to put Nuun tabs into the cold water from the aide states on the go? Or should I put Nuun bottles in my other cages and refill from those?
Jenni didn’t get a ticket for the bus to T1. Am I responsible for her since we are taking my car to the race? Or should I let her figure it out herself?
The swim is in salt water. Should I take the time to rinse in a fresh water shower in T1?
I will be heading out from my hotel at 6 a.m. and I won’t start until almost 9 a.m. What should I wear for throw away clothes (no pre-race bag check)? What should I bring with me for food?
The current is strongest in deepest water. Should I stay to the left of the green buoy? To the right of the red? Under the purple? Behind the blue? ahhh…
Where will we eat Friday night? Where do we shower after the race? Should we stay Saturday night or come home?
I don’t expect these questions to make sense to anyone else. They are mostly nonsense rambling thoughts. But, alas, a little insight into where my head is right now.
I have never been really big on mantras, but I might just need one to make it through the next 3 1/2 days of work until Jenni and I hit the road for Wilmington Thursday afternoon. What I will be repeating to myself (thanks to Elizabeth for reminding me this morning) is “I AM READY”. I have done the training. I have the experience. I know what to do. I am ready.