Five days from today, August 17, 2014, I will wake up at 4 AM, take a bolus of insulin, eat breakfast, grab my triathlon backpack, and ride my bike 3 miles to the Minneapolis YWCA Women’s Sprint Triathlon start. This will be the first triathlon I will race since the last one I did in October 2009, which was a Half Ironman. (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run)
I am surprised how nervous I am. I loved doing triathlon, and I’ve done many of them. As hard as some of them were, I loved all of them. I love figuring out the gear from sport to sport, I love figuring out the best strategies to manage my diabetes. I love figuring out the pacing, so I have energy on the run. I love smiling through the whole event! So, why am I nervous to do this Sprint triathlon? (This Sprint triathlon is a 500 yard swim, a 15.5 mile bike, then a 3 mile run.)
I think the nerves come from the uncertainty of wondering: Will I remember how to put all the pieces together? Am I still mentally strong enough to go from one sport to the next? Do I still love triathlon? After doing this one, will I want to do another one?
As I typed these questions, these fears, I took a deep breath, and centered myself. And I reminded myself that the biggest goal I have for this Sunday, is to ENJOY IT! I plan to keep a smile on my face, one that radiates directly from my heart, through the entire race. No secret goals. No time goals. No performance goals. Just enjoyment!!! One stroke, one perfect circle, one step, at a time. Thinking of my future assessment, that doesn’t help me at the day of this event.
It was after doing my first triathlon in 2005, one week after finishing radiation therapy, that creating the Red Riders, cyclists with diabetes that ride in the Tour de Cure of the American Diabetes Association, came to me. I am open and willing to allow any and all magic to happen as I enter the world of triathlon again!
My number at Sunday’s race is 576. I swim in Wave 11. I like these numbers. I do believe these are my lucky numbers!!
Thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment. I will take you all with me as I swim, bike and run this Sunday!