I am really excited about doing Ironman Branson 70.3 soon. It seems to me that the journey I have been on is finally coming to a close for this race. I can remember starting my training plan some 20 weeks ago in anticipation for this race, and I have to say, I feel pretty confident. Not confident like I will win it, but confident that I can do it.
It seems much different to me than the week of a smaller race. My finishing time does not seem to matter to me as much as if I was doing a sprint race. I want to enjoy this experience, but do not worry, I will no linger on the course. I will try to finish it as fast as I can, but I also want to finish it smartly.
Things are ready. I have done the distance. I have rode, ran and swam more than last year. My bike has new rubber and has been tuned up perfectly, it is comfortable. I hate the waiting.
Saturday, I went with a few friends and did the 1.2 mile swim in OWS with a wetsuit. That was a huge confidence builder for me. I have done the distance in a pool, but doing it in open water felt great. I even got kicked in the face once, so it simulated race conditions! Here is where we swam.
I may have one more post before race day when I get my bib number. If not, I will provide a detailed report on my blog after it is over. Thanks to all the ones who have supported me and left great comments! It's going to be fun!