I’m not even into taper week and already I’m starting to think a whole lot about my upcoming race. You would think this was my first triathlon ever, not my first triathlon of the season.
No, that’s not quite the right way to explain my feelings. I’m not nervous, at least no more than I am for any race (and let’s be honest, I’m mostly just worried about forgetting something important like my bike or sleeping through my alarm – everything after that is what I’ve trained for). I think I’m mostly super excited. Super SUPER excited.
Of course, there’s a lot to be excited for when it comes to this trip. Rev3 puts on incredible races and the Williamsburg race is definitely one of my favorites. It’s a fast course and has been my PR course for a few years running. So it’s a great course to return to.
I also have so many friends racing, both local and from far, far away (guys, Florida is really far away when your running partner abandons you to move there), and I’m so excited to see everyone and get to hang out. I’m excited to get to cheer at the sprint on Saturday. I’m excited to eat at the delicious Cheese Shop. There’s a lot to look forward to.
I’m also just really ready to be back to racing. I’ve missed the adrenaline of race day. I’m pretty sure every race morning, I utter the phrase “this sport is stupid,” and let’s be honest, it kind of is, but stupid things can be so much fun. While I’m far from fully recovered, I’m able to run again and I’m excited to get out there and see what my body can do.
It’s definitely going to be a challenge, since I’m taking the labral tear rehab incredibly carefully. So far, I’ve been able to run without pain while slowly increasing my distance and reducing my walk intervals, but I don’t want to overdo it. Right now, my goal is to keep following my training plan, see how this week’s runs go and then decide what walk/run interval I want to set for race day. And if on race day, my body says “Hey, this running thing hurts,” (and it’s in the bad hurt kind of way and not the “it is hot and running is hard” kind of way) then I will be walking. And that’s okay. It’s all about getting back out there.
But I really hope to be able to run at least some of the 10k. And I fully expect I will be able to.
I’m making a point to not do too much race day visualization just yet. I have to get through this last week of focused workouts and not think too far ahead. Next week will be time for race obsessing.
And then figuring out what other races I want to do this season because I miss racing!