This Friday I leave for Coeur d’Alene to race my second Ironman in 7 months. After finishing my first at Ironman Arizona in November, I knew I wanted to do another one, but I didn’t realize it was going to come so fast!
My husband raced Ironman Coeur d’Alene as his first Ironman 2 years ago and we loved how beautiful the area was. So when we decided to pick another race this was it. Another big selling point was that it is typically not too hot at this race vs. most other North American Ironman races. This is an issue for me because heat can dramatically affect those of us with MS, and I’ve been known to end up in the medical a couple times after running marathons in the heat.
As luck would have it, there is a massive heat wave that will be hitting the Northwest just in time for my 140.6 mile adventure this weekend.
Current forecasts show anywhere from 99 – 107 degrees for race day. I can’t even wrap my head around that at this point. As if racing 140.6 miles wasn’t enough, now I “get” to do it in an oven.
Though I’m not going to stress about it. What good would that do anyway? The things I know for sure are that it will be hot (to me anything over 80 feels hot, so what’s a few more degrees?) and I know it will be hard. What I also know is that I am not a quitter and I have not been training hard and sacrificing the past few months just to give up because of the weather.
The good news is that I won’t have any pressure on me to try to go fast and beat my Arizona Ironman time. Heat and pushing your body to go faster would be a bad combination for me race day. So instead, I will be smart, utilizing all the cooling gear and tricks I can think of, and go as slow as I need to and just keep moving forward.
That being said, if I were to come up with some goals, here they are:
Enjoy the day and be grateful for the gift of health that has allowed me to get to the start of an Ironman
- Be smart, hydrate and fuel well, slow down, then slow down even more
- Do not end up in the medical tent
- Finish before 16 hours and 59 minutes
- Hear Mike Reilly say those 4 famous words to me in the Finisher chute
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