It is Sunday night…the night before the biggest trip, chances are, of my life! I just returned home from a fun afternoon / evening with friends at the North Carolina Triathlon Series awards banquet in Raleigh. What a great way to spend the last day before my big trip celebrating the success of my friends and fellow athletes for a really great season! We had a fun road trip sharing race stories and alllll sorts of other stories. Congrats to Jenny, Jonathon, Ross, Chris, Brian, Jamie, Sebastian, Sylvain, Zack, Aprill, Nicole and everyone else who took home the bacon this year! 🙂
This trip has been a LONG time coming, to say the least, and I’m sure people are tired of hearing about it by now. I qualified at Nationals in August 2011 – and here we are over 14 months later and it’s finally here. The race is the 100% of the reason we decided to go, but the experience as a whole is what excites me most. We’ll be visiting both the North Island and South Island of NZ as well as Australia – three place I never in a million years I thought I would get to visit!!
I wrapped up my longer / harder training this weekend with a really really strong 10 miler run complete with 2 x 15 min at ~6:50 pace which is target race pace for Worlds. It felt “easy” which is such a great way wrap up. I’ve worked really hard these past few months, particularly on my run, and its nice to feel the hard work paying off. I’ve had a very very up and down season, with more downs that I want to think about, but I remain confident that all of the kinks are worked out and Worlds will be the grand finale for my hard work!
I don’t believe there is online tracking but I will try to update my blog along the way and provide a race update. The race is Monday, October 22nd.
I have spent the last few weeks thinking about how truly grateful I am to be able to take such a fabulous trip at this point in my life. It has been an awesome weekend with everyone checking in and sending us off with well wishes. I’m not sure how I got so lucky to have such an wonderful support system but I hope everyone knows how much it means to me!
For now…bon voyage. Go Team USA!!!