Fortius Coaching held a Wildflower pre-race strategy meeting in Encino tonight. As I sat there with my teammates, serving as the dutiful note-taker, I realized something important. Perhaps the most important thing I've realized all year so far: I'm so ready for this race. And for every race moving forward. I do give much credit to my coach. I know what to expect at these races. I know how to remain calm. I know that I need a routine, my own routine, to get ready on race day. I know that means going away from the group and getting in my zone, my place. I know I need music to find that place as well.
What I don't need are lots of facts and reminders about what exactly to do and when to do it. I learned all that stuff last year. I know when to eat before a race, what to eat, and how much to drink. When I started thinking about all those details tonight during the meeting I started to stress out. It's a lot to remember! I'd rather just trust myself at this point, show up to the race, run my ass off and celebrate afterwards.
That is going to be my plan. Along with coming up with a cool quote to write on my water bottle for race day. Any suggestions out there? So far I'm thinking, "Don't think. Just Race."
62 days and counting.