I have a feeling this week will pass quickly. I have been preparing for Raleigh 70.3 since last fall – and now it is race week. As you know, this is my first half Ironman event. I can’t quite comprehend 8 hours of swimming, biking and running but I will soon.
A few weeks ago when I was looking at the calendar and everything I had to do I was wondering what made me select a half Ironman in June. Then I remembered. It is three years, almost to the day, from when I began working with Sam Morgan. This represents what I have accomplished, no matter what my time is, and how much I have done to improve my health and fitness. Sam has been a constant support as a coach, trainer and friend throughout this journey. He believes I can do more than I often believe I can do – probably because I usually can. He has helped me get over my fear of water, for the most part, and reminds me that I really can swim when I do become afraid.
Several other people have also helped me through this journey. Krista Schultz and David Glover have provided amazing support since before I actually met them. Krista has been helping me with nutrition planning for several months and we have devised a nutrition plan for Raleigh that I have practiced and am ready to execute. David’s webinars on race planning and strategies have been so helpful as I have thought about my season and races.
The guys at BikeLink are the best – Joe Wenning, Geoff, John, Chuck. They all take care of my bike and make sure it works and fits properly. I can’t forget Barbara either 🙂 My new bike will be great to ride in Raleigh.
This isn’t everyone who has supported me through my training and journey but I’ll be writing more posts this week as I prepare to leave for Raleigh.