Over the past two years I have dedicated all my energy to preparing for my ultimate race, The 2017 Mont Tremblant Ironman. My training has ramped up over the last few months. Since my Disney Run in January to my last few short runs over the past two weeks, everything has been focused on just one day... August 20th. The journey has been long and hard, but the time has come and I'm facing the last few days of preparation to get me to the start line.
I have swum, biked, and ran thousands of kilometres throughout the training period. Everything from the 8 km Manotick Miler in early May to the 350 km cycle from Ottawa to Kingston and back. The last few months have pushed me to my limits and now we get to see if all this hard work will pay off.
Training for an event like an Ironman takes more than just physical effort, it also takes mental strength. This type of event has you pushing yourself to the point of no return and then you need to find a way to convince yourself that you still have more to give. This is one of the hardest things for me to do. When I get to the point where everything hurts and I just don't think I can take one more step, I must dig deep and find a way to put one foot in front of the other and just focus on that.
As I go through the next few days I know my mind will play tricks with me. I will be asking myself what in the world made me think I could do this?! What I try to remember at that moment is that I'm ready, I'm strong, and I have wonderful friends and family who have supported me along the way and they'll all be there at the finish line waiting for me. I'm sure that those final moments will be emotional for me and that I will have tears streaming down and snot from here to forever...it won't be pretty...but I'll be an Ironman!!!
Keep your fingers crossed for me...I need all the help I can get J