One of my friends replied back asking how many Kona slots would most likely be available in my Age Group.
My reply to her was:
usually 3; the plan is to race my race and let the slots fall where they may :) control what I can control :)
I've been saying this in some form or another for several months now, but somehow seeing it so succinct, in a tweet, it really hit home.
Control What I Can Control.
I can't control how many slots there are, I can't control who shows up or how fast they are, I can't control the weather or a bunch of other variables of Ironman racing. But there is a lot that I can control. There are a lot of things that I know for certain...
So here are the things that I know:
I know my body is prepared to race the race I want to race.
I know my mind is ready to fight for what I want.
I know my family is cheering for me.
I know my friends and Trakkers/Rev3 teammates are cheering for me.
I know I don't care what the weather will be. It will be what it will be and I'm okay with that.
I know I have a solid nutrition plan.
I know that I have good simple back up plans should my original nutrition plan not work for some reason.
I know my bike is tuned and ready to go. (thanks to my awesome husband!)
I know how to change a tubular should I get a flat tire (and just in case I put a cue card with steps for changing a tubular in my bike bag)
I know the bike course and I know I have a solid race plan.
I know there is nothing more I can do for my hip/leg at the point, but give it rest and know that I can fight through any pain it might present on race day.
I know that what does not kill me makes me stronger.
I know that I am stronger than I was last year.
that I am ready for this race, I'm ready for this fight.
So here I come Louisville. Let's lay it all out there and see what happens!