Friday, August 17, 2012

It's Almost IMKY Time

It's Friday, which means a week from now I will be in Louisville...
I can't believe how quickly race week has came (even though it's not race week yet). When I registered for this race back in Nov. I thought I was nuts. But I picked out a training plan that fit my needs and went with it. And as I began training my thoughts went from I'm nuts to "hey, this is pretty fun." My training partners and friends have been very supportive and they have helped me along my IM journey and made workouts interesting and fun.

But, not every training session was spent with a workout buddy. There was a lot of lonely days as well when I had my head down and listening to music on my trainer or I was off running on my own thinking how the heck am I going to run 26.2 miles after biking 112. Sure, some days I had to force myself into the water or drag myself out of bed, but who doesn't have those days?
I have second guessed my training plan I don't how many times, then I just learned to trust it. After all, I'm just trying to finish my first ironman, not qualify to Kona. I might have only missed a handful of workouts due to one thing or another, but for the most part I followed the plan to the tea. I'm sure I will wonder if I did enough during the race, but I can only trust that I am ready at this point.
Jason, my M, has been wonderful to me during this training cycle. 

He has dragged his butt out of bed and pretty much went on every bike ride with me. He has cooked me dinner when I'm too tired to function. He has rubbed my feet, calves, etc after my long runs. He was been there every step of the way. No questions asked. I consider myself very lucky to have such a supportive husband and I'm not sure if I could have put myself through 20 hour training weeks without his support. It means to world to me. My family has also been very supportive and I can't wait to see them next weekend! My parents, sister, and brother-in-law will all be there cheering me on. And I know cheering for at an ironman can make for a super long day, so once again I am so thankful to have them there. Then there is also Kiwi. She makes me smile every time I see her even if I'm having a bad day.

As I head into my final taper weekend, I just have an easy 40 mile ride, followed by a 10-15 minute run, followed by brunch with fellow DC TRI Louisville bound peeps. On Sunday, I have an easy hour run.
Yes I am getting excited and nervous all wrapped up into one.
Happy Friday All :) 


  1. Rachel is in the most pictures in this post. She wins.

    1. That's because she's a #workoutslut

    2. When you both kick ass next weekend, I'll be expecting a thank you post dedicated to me.

  2. Love how you keep an update attitude about your training. Can't wait to see your post-race report. Enjoy!

  3. Cannot believe how the time has flown and that race day is just a week away! You are so ready and you are all going to crush this race! I will be cheering you on virtually from DC!

  4. Wow, almost there! It seems like it has been a great training cycle.

  5. Yay! I'm so excited for you! I hope that you have some time to relax this week and just enjoy everything.