Sep 08

This Just Got Real

For the past couple of weeks, I have had a lot of people ask me if I was nervous or excited for this race.  I really wasn’t of either.  The best I could explain my feeling was a feeling of complacency.  I wasn’t worried.  I wasn’t anxious.  It was just another race on the calendar.

Well, that has all changed.

We arrived in Madison today.

And I did this.


That’s right.  I’m checked in and ready to go!!!

It has totally hit me and I am PUMPED!

Today was spent mainly doing last minute packing and driving.  I totally stole an OCD awesome packing idea from Heather and packed all my gear in a plastic tote.


This tote has everything I will need on race day in it (except for my bike of course). I plan on making a checklist of everything in it to save for future races.

We made pretty good time getting to Madison.  No real problems except for slow downs in you-can-smell-it-before-you-see-it Gary, IN and Chicago.  I should have looked closer at the directions I had though because they took us into Madison a different way than normal. I am sure that it was probably the shorter route, but we missed out on seeing the “Welcome Ironman Wisconsin Athletes” sign.  We’ll have to find before Sunday.

Registration went super smooth.  I hadn’t planned on registering today because it was supposed to close at 3:00.  They ended up staying open until 4:00 so I squeaked in at the last minute.  I was glad to get it out of the way and not have to worry about fighting the crowds tomorrow.


After registration, we headed back to the room and got ready for a quick bike ride.  I really needed to do something to stretch out my legs from being in the car all day.  Just did a quick 30min out, 30min back on the course.  Felt much better when I was done.  I love how active this city is.  There were people one bikes all over the place.

We were starving by the time I got off the bike.  I showered up and we walked to The Grand Dane Pub. It was awesome! We sat outside in the beer garden. The food and beer was excellent and it was nice and relaxing way to end the day.

Time to hit the hay. I’ve got an early morning practice swim on the schedule.  Hopefully I can sleep.

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  1. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    I can’t tell you how fired up I am for you. You are going to be awesome out there.

    Rest up and enjoy all the festivities this weekend.
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  2. Alexa

    I bought that t-shirt today! I’ve regretted not buying the one in CDA. Sunday is going to be awesome!!!
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  3. peter

    good luck!! that’s solid training you’ve done
    peter recently posted..BAMF!!

  4. jon

    Put some weight back on after the race there skinny! I can practically see thru ya! Haha! Now that they have u tagged, only one thing left to do. RACE!
    jon recently posted..TTT: GRRAAAARRRRR!!!!!

  5. Matt Smith

    Lovin’ the shirt. It’s just like mine! I’m glad ya’ll made it safely. Driving through Gary and Chicago usually sucks! I can’t wait till you get racing, because you’re going to rock this thing! Enjoy your swim.
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  6. Kristin @ Lazy Marathoner

    See you at the swim start shortly. Brrrrr….
    Kristin @ Lazy Marathoner recently posted..Third Time’s a Charm!

  7. brybrarobry

    Like the shirt, where’d you get it. haha.

    In seriousness, have a great race this weekend, I’ll definitely be following you on tracker and sending out good vibes. You’ve worked hard, you’re ready, now go out there and enjoy the day. You’ll be creating an awesome memory that only gets better with age. aka. Al bundy and his high school football years. haha.

    Again, good luck and kick ass.


  8. katie

    Lots of good luck this weekend! I’ll be tracking you on Sunday!
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  9. Grandma K.

    Wishing you a victorious Ironman! By the way, I had not heard the story of your swim at Leland where you almost had a run-in with a big yacht. We will be tracking you on Sunday.

  10. Mandy

    I almost got that shirt at IMLP, I wish I had!! By the time I went back they were all gone, so good snag!

    I am so stoked for you, you are going to have so much fun!! Love the OCD packing, I need to steal that as well. Trust me, race morning your brain is complete MUSH so pre-planning like that is KEY. You are going to do so awesome!! I am going to be stalking you! Good luck!
    Mandy recently posted..What Have I Been Up To?

  11. Lisa

    enjoy the whole experience! soak it up!
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  12. lindsay

    our little triathlete is growing up! tear.

    in seriousness, get pumped!
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  13. Linda Jirous

    I will be thinking of you on Sunday. You have trained really hard for this day. I know that you will do great and give it your best!
    Can’t wait to hear all about the event!

  14. CouplaHounds

    Very cool – good luck, dude!
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