Sunday, March 7, 2010

The greatest day cont.

My setup.
My friends: L-R Me, Kelly, Tracy and my bestest buddy Susan,
Oh yeah, I'm pumped.
Off I go for the run.

The greatest day.

Transition to run leg.
Entering transition for the run.
Starting bike leg.
Gosh I loved the swim.

This is it.

Alarm went off at 0430hrs. Normally I would proscrastinate about having to get up at such an ungodly hour. It's still dark and there is not a sound anywhere to be heard apart from me typing. Normally I can hear the steady hum in the background of traffic travelling up on the main road and the all too familiar metallic ding of a motorcycle as he races up our road on his way too work. But not this morning, the world is asleep and I am awake getting ready for my first Triathlon.

I slept well last night thank goodness. The usual scenario for me is to go bed around the time my children do and drift off to sleep quite quickly. Only to find myself waking up atleast 6 times a night. Why I here you ask? There are a couple of reasons. 1) it's been that way since I had the kids 14 years ago and 2) my back has always woken me through the night. At the moment my back is good but I think it has now become habit. Last night though I feel asleep really easily and only woke up once and that was at 0315hrs. I love waking up and realising you still have an hour before the alarm goes off. So I rolled over and fell asleep again and woke up to that horrible RING RING RING.

So here I find myself in front of the computer and typing my last words before the race eating 2 WeetBix with hot water as I hate milk, a large glass of water and god forbid a nice cup of coffee. I know it's a dehydrator but I need to wake up. I am nervous but not as nervous as yesterday which is a relief. Yesterday I felt like vomiting but this morning all I have are feelings of anticipation of the weather. It is still dark and I don't know if it's cloudy and cold or clear and warm. I will find out soon enough.

I still have things to do, like pack the lunch bags for the kids and get my drink bottle out of the fridge - I am saying that last bit outloud so I don't forget it. Hang on. There, it's out of the fridge and in the bottle cage on the bike. I still have to put my hair in a pony tail - not too high so my helmut won't sit on properly and not too low so I can't get it through the opening of the cap for my run. And last of all, take my vitamins, and I have 35 minutes to do it in before I have to go. So I shall sign off now and go wrestle my first Triathlon to the ground.


Your hard work will be rewarded.

"The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way, and may go in more than one direction, it is travelled by belief and courage and conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances" Barbara Cage