My alarm went of at 4am this morning. My first thought was "whaaaa?" my second "oh right! ironman."
Coffee, toast and out the door. I could give you my blow by blow race story but instead I want to tell you one thing. Whatever you do, make it your own.
There are a few givens during ironman - distances - swim: 3.8km, bike - 180km, run - 42.2km and there are rules - don't cross the centre line of the road, wear a helmet, don't draft, don't swear, don't bite people (probably an unspoken rule), stay on course, but the rest, the rest is really up to you. Here's how I made it my own today:
Outfit - I have a sugoi one piece with sleeves that I bonded a gold unicorn to the back. I couldn't ever see it, but just having it there made me happy. My hat on the run had glitter letters that said "sunday funday" ...runner up hat was going to say "worst parade ever"
Music - you can't listen to music during the event but I still like to "listen" to music, so I chose a couple songs I like decided to sing them over and over in my head: All day album by Girl talk, Dancing in the dark by Bruce Springsteen, Can't stop that feeling - JT, My body by Young the Giant
stuff to think about - just like I once had FOMO on the sidelines when I was a kid watching running races, I figured some of the kids lining the course are feature adventure seekers and game changers so I high-fived ALL of them.
and finally any time i was really hurting, I decided that I was make a deposit in my bad-ass bank. Paid in sweat and muscle soreness, to be withdrawn whenever I need a dose of bad-ass to get me through.
I don't recommend you do any of these things, but I do recommend you do whatever you can to make what you do your very own.