$hit is getting real for Raleigh Ironman 70.3

I knew it was coming. I have been wondering when the assigned bib numbers would be released. Wonder no more. Today was the day. My bib number is 4033. Doing it with my husband and a friend, Heather, whose last name is not Green so we weren’t side by side on the list.

IM bib number

Oh shit. It’s a month away. I’m *only* doing the swim but still, holy shit. I easily remember how hard one full lap was for me. Nearly impossible a few years ago. Even last summer, my goal at most triathlons I did was to swim freestyle for the full 5 lengths without stopping. The exception was the OBX event in September 2016 where I did about 1/3 mile in open water so there was no hanging on the wall or stopping as an option.

IM Ral logo

Why so nervous about this one? The distance. The swim start with 100+ people. Jordan lake. The temperature. The wetsuit. The time cutoff. Lots & lots of reasons to bee nervous. Plus it’s a HUGE -F event. And it’s an IRONMAN branded event. Me in an IM event. I feel like an impostor!

I heard a podcast today where someone referenced triathlon as the dumping ground for people who were having challenges in life and needed a distraction. My gawd this is so true! Tri was born out of a dark place in parenting for me and has grown into a gift and a way to connect with people in a meaningful way. And not just that, it’s really an equalizer around physical activity – there are now so many body types, ages, abilities, and such at these events. They are not reserved just for the elite athlete anymore. They are really for anyone wanting a really great distraction or goals.

Got work to do, that’s for sure! But it’s definitely possible.

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