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June 14, 2013 / snowvols

1 Week from Ironman Coeur d’Alene

This is it.  I am a week away from leaving for Coeur d’Alene.  Am I ready? No! Am I scared? Yes.  Now I am thinking of all of those training days I missed.  It seems now that I missed more days than I trained.  I know my mind is playing tricks on me, but I am terrified.

Signing up for an Ironman sounded like a complete blast a year ago.  Now that I am a week away I am terrified.  I didn’t drop the weight I planned on dropping through the workouts because I have never been so hungry in my life.  All I seem to ever do now is eat. I recently read an article, ie yesterday, about people who are always hungry and how they aren’t eating right.  That is totally me and now it pisses me off that I didn’t read the article months ago.

If I wasn’t so cheap at the store tired after my workouts, I would have cooked meals after workouts.  Instead it was much easier to grab takeout.  No worries this will change though.  I have another Iron distance race in a month so I know I can drop the weight I wanted to drop just by eating right and buying healthier snacks.  Speaking of that article I read here is a link to it.

I am so organized for this race though it is silly.  I have a binder with the Athlete Guide and all of the maps printed out in it.  I have studied the guide and maps multiple times.  I plan on driving the courses once I get there probably on Saturday.


The bike is the part that scares me the most.  I am not a cyclist; in fact I don’t care to bike honestly.  I would rather just run for the time it will take me to do the bike.  The funny thing is that I am not slow on the bike, but I could be better.  The 4700 vertical feet of climbing scares me.  That is going to hurt and I know it will.  I rode 60 miles last weekend and climbed 3800 feet so that made me feel a little bit better.

I have several goals for the race, but I don’t want to address those just yet.  I am excited for the entire weekend.  I have bought new compression socks, a suitcase and various odds and ends that I will need for before and after the race.  I plan on spending a stupid amount of money in the souvenir booth as long as I finish.  I don’t see myself not finishing one second and then knowing I won’t finish the next.  Is that normal?  I have never been this terrified before.

I have to finish doing laundry and buy new headphones and then I will be ready to pack.  I leave Thursday night.  No worries I will document the entire journey with my phone and blowing up Instagram.

I have told everyone how excited I am for this race, but that is putting it mildly.  All I can think about is what I will be thinking about when I race.  I will probably think of everyone that has had any sort of influence on me since I have such a long time. Putting so much pressure on me for one race can not be good, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I hope….



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  1. Snurfer / Jun 14 2013 6:07 pm

    Although it probably won’t change how you feel. Everything you’re experiencing seems normal to me. The juxtaposition of the unknown vs. the desired can be one hell of a roller coaster ride.

    When I did my first 50K I’d not run a race longer than a half mary and I was all over the map emotionally. I worried about every detail, going so far as to have a laminated splits chart with hydration and food plan for each section.

    Also, having done a few ultra’s and having done the tougher of the bunch multiple times, I’ll tell you I’d rather be under trained than over trained. So consider your fitness a result of being cautious, rather than slacking.

    Lastly, I leave you with the three goals I had for my first ultra… Written on the back of my splits chart no less 🙂

    Have Fun!
    Don’t Get Hurt!


    • snowvols / Jun 14 2013 8:28 pm

      Thanks Doug! Your Mantra might get written on a few places such as my bike and arm to help keep spirits up. I fully expect to be in a dark place at some point. I just hope there is not wind more than anything.

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