What? Seriously? Less than two weeks?
Yep, and thank God! The anticipation is enough to drive me over the edge. Here’s the Crushing Iron Chattanooga video again to get you jacked, too.
I can’t wait to roll into Chattanooga, relax with friends on Friday and Saturday, get the game face on, then toss and turn all night before putting my body through hell. Well, at least I don’t have to work the next day, or the next, or . . .
But, yeah, I’m pretty pumped to feel the energy of the race. I tell people this all the time, and I never would have believed it until I saw it, but the atmosphere is electric. My mom and brother are coming down from Wisconsin and I can honestly say I think they are hooked on the experience. It will be their third year in a row and I couldn’t be more grateful.
I THINK I am pretty well prepared for this race, but won’t know until I get about four hours into the bike. That will be uncharted territory for me this year and I’m banking on a lot of frequent, hard rides to carry me.
I’ve glanced at the forecast a couple times and I swear it changes 15-20 degrees every day, so it’s not worth checking. I am mentally prepared for mid to upper 80’s with roasting sunshine.
I am also prepared to swim without a wetsuit. I’m 90% sure I won’t use it, even if it’s legal, though, it can be really hard to pass up. I honestly hope the decision doesn’t have to be made and we are all flopping around like bare chested Tarzan’s.
Other than that, I’m still debating on Ironman Wisconsin. It’s just a really tough call and I don’t know if I can pull the trigger before Chattanooga.
Be sure to keep in mind these new shirts if you’ll be in Chattanooga. We’re bringing a box and I’m hoping to have them available at a friend’s tent out on the lawn. Also, if you can’t get enough Ironman Chattanooga stories, there are a ton of them (including video) at this link.