The other night we somehow ended up watching Late night with Jay Leno - or whatever his show is called. Now that it starts at 9, it's not really THAT late. They had on some contestants from The Biggest Loser so we watched until we got to see them. But, first up was Howie Mandel. The only thing I know about that guy is he was the host of that silly show "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" Wait that's not right - it's the other one, the one with the brief cases... whatever that one was called - same difference, no?
Anyhow, my point was watching him made me nervous. He's ADD on a whole other level, planet actually. I was seriously stressed out just watching him. He couldn't finish a thought or make a point to SAVE.HIS.LIFE.
And then I realized, on a (hopefully) much lower level I am the SAME way. Especially lately. If I don't have 999things going on, or a million different things to do, plan, figure out well then, I'm bored.
Even when I'm busy working, driving, running, swimming or biking I'm constantly thinking of other things. Calculating routes and paces and thinking about races and elevation, and OMG make it STOP!
Ask me a question about a running route and I will give you splits, and mile markers. Potty stops and incline/decline. I can figure out what time I'll be at a certain intersection if you want to meet me in just a few seconds. It's rather disturbing I suppose. In fact. After talking with a couple of friends about how there was a POSSIBILITY they might join in my next 21miler this weekend, sure enough in less than a day they had an email in their inbox with the details of when/where and how far, along with a detailed map of course.
I wonder if it will work, and I will actually get their company?!?!?
Of course even if there was no chance of them actually showing up I would still have that email all written out in my head anyways.
So, aside from the plotting I'm also trying to start visualize this whole marathon thing. I don't know how some people find it so easy to say they think they can run XX. I just can't do it. I've run hills, I've run a gazillion 800s. I've even done the half marathon on the same route. Last Saturday we did a downhill run. It was only about 5miles down, but it was pretty steep. It sure was a confidence booster looking at the pace & the effort it felt like, but like I said, it was ONLY 5miles.
When it comes down to 3 weeks and a few days from now, I'm just going to give it what I've got and hope for the best. After this Saturday I will have done all that I could do to lead up to the race, and I've made a vow to myself to be just as strong mentally. Many say the mind is really what can get you there, can push past the pain. I'm certainly hoping so! It is most definitely MY GOAL to be mentally strong for this race. Whatever comes after that, it was meant to be.
ON another note, IRONMAN! Ironman AZ is just a few days away, and I'm lucky enough to get to host an incredibly talented athlete, Emily - A.K.A. "Speedy pants." I was introduced to her this year via the Supa. Seriously these girls are some of the toughest, bad ass, FAST chicks I have ever met. Oh, they just happened to be Hot as well. Utah breeds well, I can say that for sure.
I just had to repost this picture cause it sums up these tough girls. I HARD ass swim at 6000+ft elevation that nearly killed Shane & I, followed up by a beer. In Utah. I so know why I love these girls so much.
So, this weekend we will be taking on the sherpa role once again. I have to admit I've really grown to enjoy it. Last year, Momo's Ironman was my first real big Sherpa experience and I had SO much fun! You are out there all day long, cheering, picture taking, encouraging, and then the best part is you also get to enjoy in the celebrating! And, in the end, isn't that the most important part anyway? It is Emily's first Ironman, and I'm so excited to be part of it. I had some of the best support from friends for my first Ironman, and I'm just happy I can do the same for someone else!
Now, my only fear is the Ironman spectacle gets me all fired up and I try to do something stupid like SIGN up when I need to REALLY think about it first. What race (Canada) and the perfect timing for my next one. Not just do it cause I'm high on everyone else's adrenaline.
The house is ready, the yummy drinks are waiting & of course Baxter is so flipping excited for the girls he can hardly stand it.
All that's left is a little sherpa fashion plotting and creativity from The Team Emily.....