Friday, August 31, 2007

Deep. Breath.

OK. Almost there, peeps, almost race time.

I'm trying to work on my mental game, visualizing a flawless performance, no fatigue, channeling Rocky Balboa and all that stuff.

This morning I decided against my final "tune-up" workout (just a short warm up with a couple of short sprints on both the bike and the run) because my Achilles felt tight when I woke up and I have injury paranoia right now. Sigh. Now I'm thinking I may do it after work but I'm a little worried that'll be too close to the race - any of you experienced folks care to chime in? To Tune Up or Not to Tune Up, that is the question. Whether tis nobler to suffer the ups and downs of a twenty minute workout or to take arms against impending injury and, by resting, end them. Sorry, my theatre is showing.

I was supposed to go see Princess sing the National Anthem (along with her choir) at the baseball game tonight, but Tri-Hubby wants to stay and watch a couple of innings and that'll put us home at nine or later and I gotta pack my bag and get my nutrition together and clean my bike and I think I would just be a bundle of nerves and completely spoil the fun so . . . I'm not going. Selfish? Yes. Avoidable? No. Meanwhile, I'm sitting here at work trying to stay positive, focused and pumped. Easier said than done.

Props out to Jane, who's got her first Oly this weekend too - we're gonna rock it, chicka. You know it, I know it and the Blogosphere knows it. And to Tryan, who'll be there tomorrow - Dude you are going to kick some major ass out there! See you at the post-race Chevy's pig out! And to everyone racing this weekend - work it and have a blast out there, everybody, let's try not to forget that this is supposed to be fun! Let's get this party started!

I also want to thank all of you - for reading, for commenting and for all the support you've given me during this thing. I've said it before and I'll say it again - you folks have kept me going, kept me accountable and kept me sane. I'm overwhelmed by the blessing of your friendship. So, thanks!

See you on the flip side!

11 comments:

RunningCrazyAfter3 said...

You are going to do a great job. I can't wait to hear all about it when I get to work on Tuesday...um, I mean from home in my spare time :P

21stCenturyMom said...

Maybe your 'tune up' workout should be some stretching and using a roller. Better to loosen up than do a little workout just to feel you've done it.

You are SO prepared - enjoy your day! Can't wait to read the race report.

Laurie said...

Good luck tomorrow! Enjoy the day :)

Tom said...

Have a fun day tomorrow, and I do mean fun. Relax and just FLY through it. I wish you all the best.

Tryan said...

I am pumped for tomorrow! The only negative in my taper is that I hurt my knee on my last big run Monday night. Each day it gets better, so I am hoping tomorrow it will be ready to go. That being said, take it easy on your workout today. I was cruising 8 min/mile when it started to hurt, so I know I was pushing too hard.

Good luck tomorrow!

Bolder said...

well, given your theatre background... i guess all i can say is... put on a great show!

stronger said...

You rock yours, I'll rock mine...because we rock!

Vickie said...

Yes, you are doing it! As for the workout, I'm sure I'm too late, but it is too late to worry about it now. Just do the race, take what comes. You can analyze it later. Best of luck!

No Wetsuit Girl... overseas! said...

So, not like I'm super-dooper experienced or anything, but I've done a bunch of different races in a bunch of different mental and physical conditions, and it's better to be sorry than safe. I've also been lucky enough to "grow up" as an athlete surrounded by experienced athletes. Coaches would say, "get in a quick workout that's slightly anaerobic without taxing your system". My experiences say, when I'm in for a race when I don't know if I've done everything right and I just go for it, I usually have a better performance. When I go into a race thinking that I have to do everything right I'm too conservative. Chica, this is your first season, what better time to make your mistakes/find out about yourself? It's clear that you read a lot of blogs and books and stuff. Really, it's not that hard, you already know the difference between good hurt and bad hurt. Listen to your body, listen closely. You got it all under control. The important thing is that you chill out and have fun in your training AND racing. Just go kick some booty!

Donald said...

Have a great race! I'm sending good vibes your way.

Phil Sabin said...

Have a great race!!!