ONE MONTH to Ironman Lake Placid! Yesterday officially marked one month to Ironman Lake Placid! I am feeling so ready, are you? I know these that it’s easy to constantly look ahead these final days but I understand the importance of focus on each day as they come leading up to racing day. One day at a time, Keli. That’s probably a great topic for today’s video blog actually… staying in the present. Something that can challenge me, being a funny combination of a yogi and triathlete. I’ve been enjoying sharing the daily video blogs. I was so nervous when I started but after just over 2 weeks I’m starting to get comfortable doing them. Greg posted the most funny video yesterday and he’s challenged me to a topic I can’t wait to cover on Monday.
Yesterday also marked exactly 35.5 years of my life. I celebrated it. Just like a 12 year old celebrates a half birthday. I made the commitment is to raise $35,000 for the MMRF to give thanks and celebrate my 35 years. I will race to honor my Aunt Mary who lives with Multiple Myeloma and to remember Kara, who passed 8 months ago from cancer. She would have been 35 years old last month. She was a cycler and the first to get me out there encouraging me to ride the hills and I have a card she wrote me to read during the race on my bike. I will make sure to fully stop on my bike to look around, give thanks and then read it. My #1 goal is to reach my commitment. My #2 goal (as of four weeks ago when we received the news) is to finish in the top 4 on our team (top 2 on this leader board) which will earn me a spot to race KONA World Championships representing the MMRF. I am asking for help to reach my goals but trying to give back to those who are able to contribute or those who share my goals.
The truth is…the MMRF is as important to me as the actual race this time around. In fact, I sit here thinking about what’s more important. My race goal or my MMRF goal. They are both important but you can probably guess which one is most important to me inside. Thanks to everyone who’s contributed for the IMLP race day tattoos by the way, it means a LOT to me and can’t wait to see everyone in their tats on race day. This project has been one of my favorites. At the end of the day, I want to reach the commitment and that’s what matters most. I’ve committed to wearing MMRF for the final 50 days leading up to race day and promise to focus on my goal daily. Yes, that means I wear my MMRF tri kit, running single, or bike top everywhere I go. Wednesday I worked on fundraising contacts until 4:00am and last night canceled going out working on fundraising projects. Just like Ironman training, sometimes I get overwhelmed but then remind myself how much fun this process has been. When I get nervous or overwhelmed, I make myself stop and express gratitude for the opportunity. It occurred to me at midnight that I hadn’t eaten lunch or dinner (Big no-no, I know!) so check out what happened at 1:00am in Philly last night below. I have to tell you though that I think it was worth it just this one time because I haven’t visited Lorenzo’s South Street Phlly since last summer. Yummmm! I was grateful to connect with someone else who supports the MMRF through racing last week and I expressed that I’m not sure how I will feel standing at the starting line if I don’t reach my commitment. I can imagine it will be emotional but so long as I know I gave it everything I had, I will be happy with my outcome. His response was perfect and I’ve posted it on my bathroom mirror… “When you jump into the water, remember why you are doing this…and don’t forget to breathe!” I have to give thanks for all of the support I’ve received throughout training for this Ironman. It’s been such an incredible experience and I’ve learned so much by being part of the MMRF Team for Cures. I think I have made more friends training for this race than ever before. I want to say thank you to each and every person who has played a roll in this journey.
Ohhhh, and how do you like my new googles? I call them #SwimForLove. I picked these up on sale at the TriRock Philly expo yesterday. Do you just love the look? Especially trying on the swim top over the tri kit? Tomorrow I race Tri Rock Philly, which is my last triathlon before Ironman Lake Placid! I’m off to pickup my bike now from a tune up and then hit the pool. Have a great weekend of training! And take a moment every day to focus on the present, remember why you are doing this. Give thanks for being able to. xo Keli