It's been a crazy day. There were a few last minute things I forgot and had to scramble around to get. I discovered this morning that all of the food I was going to carry with me on the bike was bad and had to be remade. This meant that I had find a rice cooker, get all of the ingredients, and track down the specific type of rice I use in my rice cakes. (I make the rice cakes from the Feed Zone Portables cookbook). This caused some early morning panic, so I went for a run and cleared my head. I came back feeling better and had a plan to deal with it.
After some intense searching, I found the rice as well as all of the other ingredients I needed. I got the rice cakes made and made it to the Ironman village in time for the mandatory athlete's briefing. I finally felt like I could relax.
I'm feeling good physically and mentally. I've feel like I've finally gotten back to where I was before the bike wreck. Every time I've stepped up in distance, I've been very nervous about the race. I've wondered how I would perform. I had a lot of angst about whether or not I would be able to do the distance. Would I make the cutoff time? Would I be able to finish?
This is the longest distance I've done, and yet I've never felt more prepared, more confident, more relaxed before a race than I do now. Let's do this!