Live Athlete Tracker #380
Ironman Maryland has arrived. My bike is racked and my blue bike and red run bags are checked in. The past two days have flown by quickly and in less than 8 hours I’ll be taking off for my second Ironman. This month marks one year since I completed my first triathlon and joined a community of remarkable people. One year ago the thought of an Ironman hadn’t entered my mind and yet 6 months ago I crossed the finish line of my first Ironman in Los Cabos. 16 days later I signed up for Ironman Maryland and 142 days later here I am. So after over an hour of blogging I lost internet connection and only half my blog post was recovered. That means I am headed to bed an hour later than I hoped to but it’s okay. Will do my best to sum up the past two days and what’s on my mind this evening. If you’d like to track the race follow the Live Athlete Tracker #380. And yes…I was aged up! Why do they do that?
Thursday. I drove just 2.5 hours, I arrived at 12:30pm, and met up with my friend John for athlete check-in and the 1:00pm athlete briefing. I ran into Jeff almost immediately and an Ironman Los Cabos friend. Throughout the entire afternoon it was so much fun to run into lots of people who’ve connected through the Ironman Maryland Facebook page. We had just enough time to make it to the store to pickup food, make lunch and head back to Ironman Village for Yoga for Ironman Maryland Triathletes. Yoga+ Ironman? We stretched, laughed, let go, set intentions for our race. It was more than just the physical side of yoga. It was also about community. Yoga was something pretty special to me. Thank you to everyone who came out for yoga. At least 50 of us met up for dinner at Portside Seafoos. It was a lot of fun to meeting many of the people who supported one another and became friends throughout training. After dinner we headed over to the evening athlete ceremony and the videos they showed took me back to moments of my first Ironman. Totally inspiring.
Friday. 9:30am swim practice met up with my IMLC bud Mark and all went well. I was thrilled the water was calm and felt great. Visibility was pretty much non-existent but that’s okay. I could pretty much see as far as my hands in front of me. After my swim I packed my morning, run gear, bike gear, run special needs and bike special needs bags and rode with John and Bill down to rack our bikes at transition. Spent an hour or so with Kiley and Ivan before heading back to my cute little apartment that’s located in the backyard of a super nice family’s home. Minutes later Hugh got in touch with me and within 10 minutes he was on my doorstep finally meeting for the first time in person. We took off and met up with friends for dinner at Leaky Petes. BEST crabcakes and pasta ever. Crabcakes were amazing…no fillers and no breading. The timing throughout the day was perfect and I had plenty of time to get things done and see plenty of great people.
Race Day Tomorrow. So it’s almost here. My alarm is set for 4:20am. I’ll eat a cinnamon raisin bagel with natural peanut butter, a banana, and drink Spark and coffee. 6:00 am 1 hour before the race I’ll eat an Espresso Cliff shot. You can track the race on the Live Athlete Tracker #380
I’m not sure what to say now and what do I save for my race report. I’m calm right now and taking these moments to remember how fortunate I am to be breathing. To be alive. I’m grateful for the new friendships I’ve made through triathlon and IMMD and to have the physical and mental strength to do this. So, so, so thankful. Tomorrow I will remember to take a look around to appreciate the opportunity in front of me. I remind myself this evening that almost anything is within your reach.
In no way do I expect tomorrow to be an easy day. Just because you’ve done one Ironman doesn’t mean you will just go out there and do another. It doesn’t work like that. Not even if this is your fourth Ironman. No one ever knows forsure if they will really cross that finish line because a number of things have to go right and a number of things have to not happen. You have to make a choice to commit to training. It takes dedication, determination, passion and you have to want it. You have to believe in yourself. I honestly feel that tomorrow will be quite a bit more difficult than my first Ironman. Partly because the newness factor is not present but also due to other things I’ll wait to share in my race report. There are obstacles I may have to overcome during this race. Obstacles are inevitable. Life isn’t always rainbows and sunshine and it’s probably for good reason. Falling down is normal. But staying down is a choice. Overcoming tough times takes conscious effort and action. It takes work. I know tomorrow is a time where I can find my own strength even when some things around me seem challenging. If you’re going to do something, do it with enthusiasm and devotion. Hold nothing back. It is far better to be exhausted from lots of effort and learning, than to be tired of doing absolutely nothing. Success is yours when you embody discipline, integrity, positive attitude, and so much more. It is a mindset within you. I’ve learned that you can keep going long after you think you can’t. Tomorrow will remind me of this and I will celebrate both my strengths and weaknesses. I want to be out there on the course trying my best, challenging myself, and learning new things. I feel confident I will give Ironman Maryland all I have and no matter what happens tomorrow I am grateful to have this opportunity. Thank you to friends, family and all who’ve supported the journey to Ironman Maryland. See you at 140.6.
xoxo Keli #380