September 12, 2009

Life Changing Experience

People always say an Ironman is a life changing experience. How can a single day, and a race no less, be so important? I'm not sure I fully understood it until now and they were right. This is a life changing experience regardless of how race day unfolds. I was reminded today how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to get to the start line. After an unbelievable one-year journey that involved flying out here to be part of last year's race before signing up in person, 32 weeks of training that tested every mental and physical limit imaginable, private moments of doubt and hope, friendships built from the strongest common ground you can have with another human being and enough positive energy to fill a lifetime, I have arrived at the start and I'm fortunate. I have no idea what will happen during that 17 hours tomorrow, but I do know I'll enjoy every moment of it.

You can share the final steps of my journey with me at I'm athlete #2306. Wish me luck!


  1. have a really GREAT day tomorrow! enjoy every second of it....and you WILL remember it for a very long time.

  2. Have an AWESOME day tomorrow!! I can't wait for the race report, no matter what happens, you are an IM!! Good luck!

  3. Have a great day! I'll be looking for you about 5 miles into T2. Might not be a happy time for you but I am proud of you and my kids will think you're superwoman!

  4. You will do awesome! Stick to your plan and rock it out.

  5. Kristen - Just checked the times---looks like someone is an IRONMAN!!! Congrats!!! I can't believe that you did it! Hope that you aren't in too much pain.



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