Two weeks prior to the race I had a string of racing nightmares. You know you are living the good life when your "nightmares" consist of racing in a triathlon but you know what I am talking about - those dreams where you wake up overwhelmed with panic and dread because your head fills with images of yourself lost and alone on the run course or stuck in transition for 15+ minutes looking for your nutrition which suddenly went missing. After several nights of this I decided it was time to assemble the game face and go through a couple of pre-race rituals. I have only started collecting race rituals but they help prepare me mentally and physically for the race.
- I paint my toenails a fun color. I have never been a big nail painter but once I started doing it I kinda liked it. It is a little silly but whenever I look at my toes I am reminded it is game time.
- I buy a bottle of beet juice and consume a shot each morning 5-7 days before the race. A lot of research has been published about the benefits of beet juice. I just wanted to try it but it turns out I really like it. I view it as a treat, so much so I get excited about race week because I get to get my juice on.
- I go see Dr. Greenapple who makes sure my knee is up to par but most importantly he uses acupuncture to align my meridians so my Qi is free flowing. Say what? Remind me to explore this further on another blog post.
- Finally, I shave my legs. A throw back to my swimming days, I make it a ritual to shave my legs the night before or day of a race. This one action does more for my psyche than anything else.
James and I decided to stay up in Davidson the night before the race thanks in part to the generosity of the Ackermans. It saved us about 30 mins of race day travel time so we had a little more time to gather our wits prior to departing. We succeed in dropping our loads in all the right places and boarded the charter bus for the swim start. Exiting the interstate, I caught a glimpse of a banana, gorilla, clown, and beautiful redhead all riding bikes down the highway. My day was made and I had not even started racing yet.
|A clown, banana, and gorilla walk into a bar . . .|
|Yep, that's what it looked like. Oozing awesomeness.|
banana, gorilla, clown, and beautiful redhead