Today is Thursday. On Friday, I fly to Austin. On Monday, I race in the Paratriathlon National Championship. How is that possible?
Even though I’ve been preparing for this for the last seven months, I can’t believe it’s snuck up on me so quickly. I spent the last week trying to balance writing final papers with packing up all of my things. Yesterday I went to Running Away so that the bike guys could help me disassemble my bike and pack it in the case that I’ll be checking. The last time I was faced with this task, it ended with me sitting in some stranger’s driveway in Wicker Park struggling to fit all the pieces in, then calling Melissa at 1am and making her come over so she could latch the box while I sat on top of it. Needless to say, I do not want this to be me again. So I figured I would go to the store so they could teach me how to do it myself (this was really part of my larger goal of increasing my competence in life more generally). While I was there, I also picked up some last minute essentials: new socks, sunglasses, a transition towel, tubes, Nuun tablets, an allen wrench. Now the task in front of me is figuring out how I’m going to pack up all my equipment. I’ve abandoned all hopes of appearing like I’m traveling for four days, and have instead accepted the fact that I will look like a tool strutting through the airport with two fake legs, a bike box, a suitcase, and an “American-backpacking-in-Europe-with-everything-she-owns-on-her-back” style transition bag.
There’s a group of eight of us all flying out of Chicago. It’s a great group of both athletes and coaches from dare2tri. In sum, there will be eight athletes representing dare2tri on its very first Elite Team. I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing group of athletes, and could not be more excited to be repping our club on the national stage.
The temperature in Austin is supposed to be 97 on race day, though I’m hoping that it will be more bearable at 7am when the race starts. Luckily it’s been pretty hot in Chicago, so I was able to get a few balmy workouts in to prepare myself. I do wish that I would have been able to get more open water practice, as I haven’t been in a lake since the Indiana race last month. But at this point, all I can do is be confident in the training I’ve done, and trust that I’ve prepared to the best of my ability.
That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll update again once I’m in Austin, and will be sure to post after the race on Monday.
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