T-Minus 6 Days

6 days and counting ….

That is how many days left to my first sprint triathlon. Escape for Fort DeSoto. Then usual anxiety is croppig up in my head ….

Can I transition well enough?

Have I done enough in the swim area?

Can I NOT finish last?

We did another open water swim today and the initial head out I found I was having trouble breathing. The same issues again that I thought were gone. I powered through it, but now I have the thought in my head again. What if I freak out in the actual race? The cold reacts on me, and the race is EARLY. Will I be able to acclimate quickly enough to get into the swim. Will it go as fast as they seem to go in training? I mean, I finished a mile today in under 30 minutes. Much faster than the pool work I do. This race is half that, but will the anxiety cause me to falter, and if I power through will it effect the rest of my race as well? I felt DEPLETED today during the bike portion, and the weather was so hot that I was worried about even attempting the run in it.

There was an email sent out from a fellow TNT member today about how she and a friend went out to the St. Anthony’s site and she commented about how FAR the swim looked. Did NOT need to see that.

Hope fully this is just pre-race jitters.

2 thoughts on “T-Minus 6 Days

  • April 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I appreciate the encouraging words. I am hoping that once I get out there I will be OK. Just don't want to look like an idiot. Already have to deal with being in the “fat guy” grouping (otherwise known as Clydesdales” … nothing like being compared to a big horse with hairy feet … at least the women get the name of a goddess! LOL)

  • April 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I did a half iron about 3 weeks ago and was setting up my bike in the transition area the evening prior and this girl walked up to me and asked me if I thought the swim looked really long(the buoys were all set up already). My answer to her was that to me, every swim looks longer than I think it should be. My advise, and what I always try to keep in my head at all times is that i'm just swimming in the pool. You don't have that perfect, straight black line to follow but that's ok. Just relax and swim like you would in the pool. Thinking this way has helped me so much. Seriously, it's like a mantra (swim like you're in the pool, swim like you're in the pool, one buoy at a time, one buoy at a time) that i have going thru my mind especially the first few hundred yards. Now throw away all the negative thoughts and visualize every part of this race during the week and you are going to be just fine. You can so do this!!

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