Tomorrow I will be competing in my ninth Ironman here in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.
The last time I raced here in Coeur D’Alene was actually the first for me. It was my first race as a professional. It was my first ever Ironman. It was 2006. My only real goal for the race was to run the entire marathon. Lucky for me, race day temps were in the 100’s. I stuck to my guns and my ability to have a hard-head and managed to run my way from 20th off the bike to a respectable 6th place finish and a ticket to Kona.
I return to this years event with a bit more knowledge about racing both the Ironman distance and as a professional. Its been a fun-filled taper. Sis got married in Oregon, and I have had a great week enjoying all that Coeur D’Alene has to offer.
I always try to reflect before the race about why I am racing and what I am racing for - that way when the days challenges are thrown my way, I can remember what I am out there for.
I really love the Ironman distance, I think it is where my passion and talents lie. There is something intriguing to me about the journey that gets you to your destination (the race day). Then race day comes, and it truly is the icing on the cake. I do this sport because I love it. Its not just the racing though. I love finding new paces, wattages, efforts, testing boundaries, experiencing things I never thought possible. The mind is a crazy thing and I am learning that I am more determined than I ever thought imaginable. Every day I am able to test my limits, try new things, be a role-model, encourage others, find inspiration in all shapes and sizes. One of the best feelings ever is finding a way to improve and make myself a better person. Its also amazing how far you can get with a positive outlook - it makes all things possible. I know when it gets difficult tomorrow that I can never give up - you never know what is going to happen up the road and what is going on beyond you. As my dear friend Meredith says, “Keep Calm, Carry On!”. With Ironman racing, the sky truly is the limit. My big wish for tomorrow is to race like I cannot fail, to race like there are no limits, to race with a happy heart, and to enjoy this journey I have been on as it has been an incredible one.
Enjoy all you do! Best of luck to those are that are racing. See you on Sherman Avenue.