Today is Friday and Friday is a day full of awesome. Awesome because it’s the weekend, awesome because summer is beginning for my kids, awesome because I have my first triathlon of the season this weekend, and awesome because it’s the Friday Five with me, Courtney and Mar!
Speaking of my first triathlon of the season, I’m super excited about it because it’s going to be decent weather and it should be a really fun time. It’s the Rev3 Montclair Sprint Triathlon and I can’t wait to swim, bike, and run in my first actual race this year. I’ve done one duathlon and several running races, but there’s nothing like a triathlon!
So today’s Friday Five theme is “Favorites” and I want to share my five favorite things about race day!
1. The butterflies. I do a lot of races – both running and triathlon – but I still get the butterflies. The race day nerves, excitement, and anticipation. It’s a really unique feeling that I don’t get in other parts of my life. I used to perform on stage a lot and it’s similar to that feeling but without the public audience type pressure!
2. The camaraderie. I love my running friends, and being with a community of runners at a starting line is a cool experience. But triathlon? There’s nothing like it – the feeling of camaraderie and community is strong as you enter the race transition area, rack up your bike, wait for the swim start, and on throughout the day. It’s a great experience and it suits me as a people person.
In the swim corral at the NYC Triathlon.
3. The logistics. I am a planner, and I love check lists. I’m obsessed with drawing little square check boxes on my check list for each item. So all the stuff you need for a triathlon? Love it. Even for running races – I have to plan with lists for racecations, which adds to the build up and excitement of race day.
4. The test of the training. This one – this one is about the journey more than the race day. What did it take to get to race day, and what is inside me to make it from starting line to finish line. Have I prepared enough? How will I fare during the actual endurance event?
At the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman finish line. Don’t mind the clock in the photo, it was a 6:43 finish! That race was hard.
5. The post-race refuel. Yes, I love to refuel (I mean eat a lot) after a race.
I finish that sucker and think: Now I need a burger.
What is your favorite thing about Race Day?
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