This week is race week! What an exciting time to be a part of the Ironman event. During race week, everyone begins to taper their training. You don’t want to be doing 50-mile rides or 11-mile runs a few days before you attempt to swim, bike and run a total of 70.3 miles. Going into the event with sore muscles is not the vision! Every racer wants to be rested before their test. Kind of like school where cramming doesn’t work too well. Add some extra carbs this week along with rest and you should be primed to have a good race.
My race plan is set for all three aspects of the triathlon and back-up plans are being explored. My tires and tubes are checked. Gear is finding it’s way into my race bag. Nutrition (a.k.a. fuel) is being prepped. I am watching the ever-changing forecast with great interest and lake conditions are checked every day.
In the midst of all this prepping and planning, butterflies make a brief appearance before flying off. No, they are not checking the flowers in my landscape, but checking my stomach to make sure it will handle them on race day. A couple people asked me the same question this week: “Are you nervous?” I gave them the same answer: “I was up until a couple of weeks ago. Since then, I only feel excited!” Why the difference? Preparation. I didn’t feel prepared until that point. Now I feel and know that I am prepared.
As I put on the wet-suit and finish in running shoes on Sunday, please help this effort to finish strong. No matter my times in the water, on the bike or running to the finish, the important thing is to continue feeding more and more people who desperately need food in the U.S. and around the world. Please take a minute to make a donation that will make it possible for people to eat nutritious food.
Here are 2 ways to make that donation happen:
1) Click the button below and choose “#TRI2FEED Ironman Triathlon.”
2) Text your donation. Text the dollar amount you wish to give to 28950 and designate “ftnkids.” You’ll then be prompted to provide your credit card and contact information.