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KP
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 Posted: Tue Jul 24th, 2007 03:41 pm

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So, here I am, only 5 days from my first trialthlon of the season --- ok, of the last 2 seasons as I was sidelined with shoulder issues last year.  More intimidating, this is my first 1/2 Ironman....EVER.... yikes!

I rode 58 miles on Saturday, and followed it up with 6.5 miles of a run.  I know that I'm going to COMPLETE, NOT compete...so...why the butterflies???  I have a feeling it's the overwhelming anticipation of my first "major" competition. 

I have the gear.  I have the endurance (I think), but I can't get over the pre-race jitters.  I can't focus on much other than the race lately.....here's hoping that all of this "mental preparation" pays off!

Only 5 days to the 1/2, only 47 days to the Full Ironman.
If only I could train professionally, I wouldn't have to sit at a desk and think about the races and get jitters..I could do something about it.

*SIGH*

 

 

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 Posted: Tue Jul 24th, 2007 10:51 pm

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Wow, Good luck!!

Whistle, smile and imagine everyone naked. 

:cool:

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 Posted: Wed Jul 25th, 2007 02:08 pm

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ha ha!
Then as I giggle while swimming, I'll take in a nose/mouthful of water and then I sink!  oh boy!  ha ha!
Thank for the note!  I'm getting excited!

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 Posted: Thu Jul 26th, 2007 05:02 pm

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As my friend Sue would say:

Butterflies in formation

What????  It's a visualization that works wonders for her & that I also like.  Almost ALL of us get jittery butterflies before a race (or a job interview, for that matter).  And they go away as soon as the starting gun goes off.  But in the mean time, the butterflies make us feel awful and waste a lot of energy that we'll need later on!

So, Sue learned this tip from a sports psychology seminar & has used it ever since.  (The concept is used by many speakers/organizations, but I don't know who came up with it...)

 When the "butterflies" are getting to you, take a moment to
  • take a deep breath (or several!)
  • reflect on the positive aspects of your preparation -- because you ARE prepared!
  • be proud of your achievements
  • picture yourself racing well, racing strong, and enjoying the experience -- because you will !
  • and be calm. 
As you reflect and calm yourself, picture your butterflies all coming together and flying under your control in a neat formation.  (I'm partial to picturing a "V" shape, with the butterfly "pack" pulling me forward!)  Repeat:  often!

Sounds flaky?  ABSOLUTELY.  Does it work?  It does for me, it does for Sue.  Hopefully it will for you!

 

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 Posted: Fri Jul 27th, 2007 01:19 pm

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Nice!  I love it!  I just came across a quote this past week...."just as the caterpillar thought his life was over, it became a butterfly".

I'm challenging myself with these races this summer for several reasons - one being that I am "rediscovering" myself.  After 5 years in a tough marriage to a guy who decided to sleep with another woman in my own bed and dealing with his constant tear down of my self esteem - these races are about "just being" and loving what I can do.  I'm not going to win them, this I know, but....I'm going to fly with the other butterflies across the finish line!

Thanks for the great visual - I'll give it a shot.  I hope that the butterflies provide a good pull for me on the ride!

47 hours and counting....

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 Posted: Fri Jul 27th, 2007 02:29 pm

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Wow.  You are one strong woman!  Have a fantastic race !

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 Posted: Mon Jul 30th, 2007 09:07 pm

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I did it!

Thanks for the encouragement!!!  As soon as I put my toe into the water, the nerves were gone!  I pictured the butterfly pulling me through the race - the beautiful symmetry of it's wings - blue and pink of course!

Thanks for the words of encouragement!  It was awesome, and I can't wait to do another 1/2!!


I posted a Race Report in the Race Report section :)

Last edited on Mon Jul 30th, 2007 09:08 pm by KP

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 Posted: Tue Jul 31st, 2007 01:53 pm

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Congratulations on your half Ironman Kristy!

You're an inspiration to us all. Good luck on the full Ironman!:dude:

Kate


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