Tomorrow I embark on yet another Ironman challenge. The same distance...but never the same race. Each is so very different in how it unfolds and the individual challenges each brings. No telling what obstacles I will have to overcome to successfully complete the course, but I am excited to find out.
I am more excited than I have been - ever. And more calm - yes, I said calm. I didn't say completely calm, just more calm. Anyone who knows me knows I get pretty nervous, anxious and wallow in self-doubt...but not so much this time. Far more confident this time and my nervousness and anxieties are more constructive than in previous events.
Anyhow, the main reason for this post is to say, "THANK YOU" to all the people who have helped me get here, and in no particular order:
...and many, many others.
Each of you have helped me in your own way to achieve goals I never had thought possible. From letting me hang on to your wheels to pushing me during those long runs to picking me up off the ground when I felt I couldn't go on any more. From getting me into a wonderful bike to making sure it fit me well; to the long conversations and emails about training and racing and life - I cannot thank each of you enough.
And a special "thank you" to team mate, Erin Krielow Lahr - although you are no longer here with us physically, you are in our hearts and minds and you will cross the finish line with me tomorrow.