Countdown Begins!!

Well tomorrow will begin the official 3 week countdown until the 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, FL. Back in July when I signed up for this race I was pretty excited about what the future could hold. Like I mentioned in the race report there are plenty of people more qualified but this is a great opportunity and I was going to really enjoy.

I was excited about how my training was going to change for the better and I was going to race this race like I could win, even though I think I might need a motorcycle and that still might not guarantee me victory.

Fast forward to now and I really don’t think I could be less prepared. I have been swimming like a fish lately and I really think that will be the only part that I am ready to race. I have been fighting a patella tracking and tendon issue for almost 2 months and still am not healthy. I haven’t run for over 3 weeks and my biking is hit and miss. The only positive is that I have been on a few rides over 40 miles but my knee is still extremely sore upon completion. And brick workouts. The only brick workouts I have been doing our the ones that are left in my pants everytime I think about this race.

So as the days tick away and I am getting ready to head to my biggest race so far, I just wish I was physically in the place I expected to be. I am going to do this race, whether I have to peddle with one leg and walk a half-marathon, I am going to cross that finish line. The race itself could be extremely slow but I really can’t wait to get out there and give it all I have. Some of the greatest athletes in the world will be in Clearwater on that day and it is going to be fun to see how it unfolds.

Ohh yeah and if that wasn't enough I am participating in my first EVER swim meet. Our master's swim team is putting on a local race and I must have been in one of those early morning fogs when I agreed. But after all the training I am actually excited to see how it goes.

I need to give a quick shout out to the Cougs. They are taking on the #6 USC Trojans and I am hoping we can bet the spread since it is only 42 points:(


Jennifer said...

Good luck in FL.!! We'll all be thinking about you! I can't wait to read the race report! It will be great!

Good luck at your Master's swim meet too!

Tiffany said...

The race is going to be great. Sure, you're not where you want to be physically, but I think you're in a good mental state. You aren't setting crazy goals you know you can't accomplish and you're not setting yourself up for failure so you're bound to have a good day! And hey, if nothing else, you're going to be enjoying some beautiful weather in Florida while we're all stuck here freezing our a**es off!!!

Your A+ teammates will be thinking of you... :)

LORIE said...

steve. . . .i am proud of you for even qualifying. I will be cheering for you!!!!!

M-Dot said...

In it for the long haul. Congrats and join the few and proud walkers of our team.
I know it sucks a** but it's a whole new world to do it knowing that it's in the picture.
I know you'll have a great race. Like T B said no un realistic goals and heck there is always the fact it's Florida and there will be some awesome people there as well.
Wish we could come cheer you on but, work prevails when all else fails :) LOL.
Now the Coug thing... We went to the lynching I mean flogging of the Cougs... But, to just be there to cheer em' on during one of the tuffest games of the year. It was fun still and I must say those Rst.Rms are amazing too cool no line at Halftime UNBELIEVEABLE!
Kick gills at your meet I know you'll rock it.


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