IRONMAN Chattanooga Race Report

Although I may be about 2 weeks late on my race report, the day is still very fresh in my mind.  Grab a beverage (or two) and settle in. Here’s my story of Ironman #4…. Race Week: Race week is … Continue reading

Ironman Chattanooga: Race Goals

It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that it is officially race week.  What a journey this has been!  I can honestly say that this journey has been unlike any other IM journey I’ve had.  Crossing that finish line in Chattanooga (hopefully!) will most certainly be an emotional moment for me.

At the start of 2017, my original plans were to focus on losing weight and regaining fitness after my 2016 disaster-of-a-year.  My heart wanted to go for another Ironman since I missed IMLOU in ’16, but my head and out-of-shape body said different.  Luckily, a few good friends reminded me that life is short and we’re none promised another day, so with that, I followed my heart and registered for Ironman Chattanooga.  When I registered for IMCHOO, my intentions were to just make it to the finish, and throughout training, my intentions have remained the same.  I’ve definitely put in the hard work, but I’m just not where I have been going into some of my other IM races.  This will be the first time that I am going into an Ironman without real “time” goals, other than meeting all of the intermediate time cut-offs and making it to the finish in the allotted 16.5 hours.  If my hard work pays off with a reward of a PR, awesome!!  If it doesn’t, I’m okay with that, too.  Making it to the finish line of an Ironman is an amazing reward and accomplishment in itself, and this finish will certainly hold a special place in my heart.  Instead of focusing on my time during the race, I’ll be focusing on these three goals:

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1. Be present  Focus on where I am rather than focusing on what’s to come.  Enjoy the good times and embrace the bad ones.  It’s part of the journey.

2. Be patient – Racing an Ironman makes for a long day.  I know how many miles I’m up against, so my goal is to focus on tackling each mile rather than “wishing” them away.  This will be especially important as the bike course at IMCHOO is 4 miles longer than a typical IM course. Be patient, be patient, be patient!

3. Be thankful – Be thankful for every moment, good or bad.  Be thankful for making it to the starting line.  Be thankful for completing every mile that I set out on.  Be thankful for the strangers who will cheer for me and give me that boost of energy to keep going.  Even in the darkest moments, be thankful for the opportunity.

I’m beyond excited to see what race day holds for me!  I’m sure it will be an epic day filled with lessons and memories that will last a lifetime.