This weekend is IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga. You may remember that I very excitedly registered for this race back in September. Clearly, I’m not racing. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going.
I’m headed to Chattanooga this weekend to cheer on my teammates and a whole bunch of strangers (who really are just friends you haven’t met yet). I’m really looking forward to the weekend. I thought I would be dreading it a little bit, what with not being able to race, but I think because I’m clearly still in no shape to race (or at least run a half marathon), it’s less of a struggle. And even if my hip were in good shape, just taking a month off and then getting into race shape in less than two months would have been a bit of a nightmare. Definitely high stress and hard on my body.
I’m glad I made the decision to still go to Chattanooga. Sure, I could totally use the money I’m spending on accommodations to help fix the dent in my budget from all of the medical expenses, but I think if I stayed home, I would spend the weekend being sad that I wasn’t there and feeling sorry for myself for being injured (plus splitting a house with three other ladies means it’s not terribly cost-prohibitive).
I’m also really, really excited to go cheer. So many of my Coeur and Collective Beat teammates are going to be at the race, many of whom I haven’t yet met in person. I’m so excited to give so many hugs. And of course, to scream at strangers on the street for most of the day. I have my cowbell packed. My goal is to drive the people around me absolutely crazy with my antics. I think I can do it.
I’m planning to be all over Instagram with updates from race weekend, so if you’re interested, make sure you’re following me!