Making a List

I have not hidden the fact I am a type A person and like things in order. To help me not get too stressed out preparing for my race, I made a list today of everything I have to do before I leave tomorrow afternoon. The only challenge to this method is now I have a list to read and see how much I still have to do… The anxiety starts to return. Fortunately I am driving, so I have flexibility on when I leave. Unfortunately my training partner is not able to make the race after all of the training she put in. A lifetime friend of her’s father passed away and the funeral is this weekend. One more reminder to enjoy the days we are given and appreciate those dear to us.

Because this is a big race not far from home, quite a few of my friends are racing as well so I will still be in good company. I am starting to get text messages and facebook posts from other friends wishing me luck this weekend. Friends add so much to make life sweeter, just a brief note can make a huge impact. It also helps take the edge off of the anxiety and nerves. Just yesterday a friend I saw at the gym asked me which part of the race I like the best. I told her the run because it is the one sport that the least can go wrong… no waves or rough water, I don’t have to be concerned about my bike malfunctioning or hitting a pothole. On the run I just have to deal with the fatigue, which I have a better control over. I enjoy the entire experience, but the feeling of heading out on the run from transition is exhilarating. Even with cramps and sore legs, the last 400 meters approaching the finish line and crossing the time mat gives such a bolt of energy and feeling of accomplishment. A memory to replay over and over in my mind, a pictorial mantra of sorts, to get me through the race.

This morning I ran three miles in the humid morning air. I took it easy and felt good. I don’t think it was my last run before the race, I plan on running a few miles Saturday to loosen up. The weather forecast looks like it just may cooperate. Sunday does have a chance of rain – 10% to 30% depending on the weather reporting source – but cooler temperatures. Mid 60’s with overcast skies would be perfect – and 5 mile per hour or less winds. But these are things I can not control. But I do have extra gear for rainy weather to pack on my list just in case…

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