Chisago 1/2 iron tri is coming up on Sunday.
I sort of hate writing that sentence down, lest it be construed as overconfidence. Or just plain confidence. But....
Ready for Chisago, mind you, NOT READY (yet) for Ironman Wisconsin....
I've been training since January. I've been putting in the time and the effort putting miles in on the bike, and the trainer; in the pool or lake and on treadmills and running paths.
I've covered the distance for the 1/2 a few times already -- I've even completed one 1/2 already this year, so the distance doesn't scare me.
I can even overcome those crazy-making voices in my head:
"Ready, huh? Don't you remember last year, when you did Chisago and the bike sucked so bad that you were ready to quit, but put your running shoes on anyway and then WALKED the ENTIRE 1/2 marathon????
Oh AND, this year, the bike course is hillier! What do you say about that???"
I say: I feel ready.
What I'm NOT saying is that I'll definitely PR or have an easy race. But I am going in to this race better prepared mentally and physically than I was last year, which is really great.
It should be a very fun day -- lots of my friends will be racing too: Nat, Marcia, Gary, Amy S, Brent C, Patrick, Derek and loads of others. The weather is supposed to cooperate too.
What I'm not so ready for is the additional 56 miles I'll put on the bike AFTER the race.
Yes, my coach thinks it would be a "good idea" for me to do 112 miles on the bike, so.... pedal I will.
Ultimately doing the extra distance will help for Ironman, so