Since I'm allowing (and by allowing, I mean forcing) my body to rest and recover and hydrate so I can go into IMTX as close to 100% as possible, I've started double checking the list that I initally made. Tonight I will lay out the clothes, gear, nutrition, extras, etc that I will need for my race. I will put them all in different bags so I can eaisly check, double check, and transfer into the IM bags that we get at registration. Then I'll double check all that before I go to gear drop on Friday.
Last night, I found myself in a weird calm.....then I realized I was in a calm state and my mind shifted to "lets read stuff on the internet about tips for First Time Ironman". So I did.....I read what to do, what not to do, how to do things, how to screw up royally.
Basically it was "run your race, control what you can, don't blow out the bike". I also read a story of a girl (who didn't make the bike cut off.....but there were reasons why) who said that the Monday before her race she got flu like symptoms, slept most of the day, had an upset stomach, and a headache. She wrote "I told a friend about this and they said it's your mind telling your body to be sick. Your mind is giving you reasons to not do the race, your heart is bigger than that".
In an funny, sorta related, note, I received an e-mail from our town Mayor (who's an Ironman) who said "Don't blow out the bike, you will DNF if you do. Hydrate and pull back on the bike. DO NOT DNF" Well said Mayor....well said.
I'm still really nervous about the race....but about the unknown. I think getting sick for those few days was a blessing. It forced me not to try to build 3 months of fitness in 5 days with no recovery.
Below is a cut/copy/paste of a word document that I made up about 2 months ago. I read it every day and change something on it. This will give you a little insite as to how neurotic I've been about this race.
Leave McKinney 8:15am
Stop at Bucees – 11am
Eat in Woodlands - 12:30
Check into Hotel – 1:15
IM check in and packet pick-up 1:45 (9a – 4p)
Welcome Dinner 5:30 – 7:30p
Athlete Briefing 7:30p – 8:30p
Lay out bag stuff and double check your double check
Bike and Bag Check in 9a – 3p
Race Belt with #
Wake up 4:40a
Eat and Drink (energy shot, banana, powerade/Pedialyte, clif bar) 5:05a
At Transition area 5:45 (shorts, flops, shirt)
Chomps and rest of powerade 6:15
Race Start 7:00
Transition to Bike 8:30-ish
Transition to Run 3p to 3:30p-ish
Mile 1 – 3:45-ish
Mile 9 – 5:45-ish
Mile 18 – 7:55-ish
Finish – 9:50-ish – 10:30-ish
Bike/bag pick-up and hotel - 10:30-ish
Rehydrate, shower, and BEER – 11p
(Maybe close to Finish Line to cheer)
Gel (if needed) x8
Clif bar x4
Pedialyte x 3
Electrical TapeNB Water Bottle
In bag for morning
2 Clif Bar
Filled water bottle