This open letter was not written by me but I found it on a Facebook page that I belong to regarding Ironman Texas. A fellow participant posted it there and it was so well written and struck so close to home that I wanted to repost it here and on the Cook Train Eat Race Facebook Page as well. There are plenty of friends and strangers racing Ironman Saint George this weekend that this applies to as well as those racing Ironman Texas. As a matter of fact it is not just for first timers but for those that have been in the sport for some time. No matter where you are in your Ironman career this is worth the five minutes it takes to read.
Enjoy the read:
SUMMARY OF IRONMAN
So without further adieu, to those of you heading to Ironman – to the IM-Virgins, the veterans, and everyone in-between… Right now you’ve entered the taper. Perhaps you’ve been at this a few months, perhaps you’ve been at this a few years. For some of you this is your first IM, for others, a long-overdue welcome back to a race that few can match. You’ve been following your schedule to the letter. You’ve been piling on the mileage, piling up the laundry, and getting a set of tan lines that will take months or more to erase. Long rides were followed by long runs, which both were preceded by long swims, all of which were followed by recovery naps that may have been longer than you slept for any given night during college. You swam in the cold. You rode in the rain. You ran in the heat. You went out when others stayed home. You rode the trainer when others pulled the covers over their heads. You have survived the Darwinian progression that is Ironman training, and now the hardest days are behind you. Like a climber in the Tour de France coming over the summit of the penultimate climb on an alpine stage, you’ve already covered so much ground…there’s just one more climb to go. You shift up, you take a drink, you zip up the jersey; the descent lays before you…and it will be a fast one.