Crazy Ass Fans, it’s go time.
So there’s this race this weekend, and it’s kind of a big deal. Here are the details:
What: 70.3 World Championships (Half Ironman)
Where: Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
When: 8am Eastern this Sunday, September 7th
How to Follow:
- The race
- My race
A Little Reflection:
I’m going to be honest. I’m feeling a little emotional. There may or may not have been a tiny bit of bike-crying this week as I prepared myself mentally for the race and reflected on what it’s taken to get here. It’s been a crazy 18 months. Here’s the recap my mind goes through:
- I have an incredible start to 2013, 2nd at Oceanside in a sprint, 3rd Wildflower Win, I think this may be my year at World’s.
- I break my foot and have surgery, my year is over.
- Jude is born.
- Mont Tremblant is announced as location for 2014 Worlds, a good course for me, this race becomes my primary goal for the next year.
- I watch from my computer as guys I raced with finish 3rd-6th at Worlds in Vegas.
- I put in hundreds of hours of physical therapy to get my foot ready to run again.
- After 8 weeks of painful running, turns out I need the pin taken out of my foot, I get a second foot surgery and miss the first few races of the year.
- I win Wildflower a 4th time, much to my surprise.
- I separate my shoulder and miss another few weeks for my Worlds qualification.
- I miss a turn at Eagleman, still no Worlds points.
- I win Mont Tremblant!
- I finish 3rd and 6th at Buffalo Springs & Vineman, racing 4 halfs in 5 weeks to get the points I need to qualify for this race. I’m in, but I’m smoked.
- I rest, recuperate, and get ready (train hard) at home in Bend.
Now I’m here. And in a way, I’ve already won. Looking back at that roller coaster, it’s an accomplishment for me to be here and be as ready to race as I am. So in a way, I have to be happy with that, and I am. I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished.
But…I’m not going to let myself off that easy. I also want to do well. In fact, I want to do really well, and I believe it can happen. This is an incredible field, the best field I’ve ever seen in any triathlon ever. I honestly could have a good day and finish 15th (my best is still 20th…), but I could have a great day and podium. I know that it will be very hard, the hardest race of my life, but my mind and body are open to the possibility of doing great things, and that’s all I can ask for.
Regardless, I am happy to be here with my family. I’m excited to go out and express all the work, energy, and support I’ve had over the last year and a half by racing my ass off for four hours. Matt told me today to prepare, act and race as a champion. And if I do that, no matter how it unfolds, I will have my best day. So that’s how I’m going to approach it. I promise you all that regardless of what happens, I’ll race with everything I’ve got because I owe that to myself, my friends, family, sponsors, and crazy ass fans.
Thank you all so much for following along on this roller coaster triathlife! I sincerely appreciate your words of encouragement the last 18 months. I will carry them with me each step of the way.
See you guys on the other side.