It means the world to me to have so many supportive people in my life cheering me on as I face new challenges and feats. My husband and family have outdone themselves this weekend by continuously making an effort to make me feel at ease and excited to race. My sister-in-law Jill, and nieces Madison and Kendall were incredibly thoughtful and baked a batch of cupcakes decorating them just for me.
My mother-in-law, Mary, placed a gorgeous vase of fresh cut flowers next to my bed stand with a cute little note of “Good Luck!” and made me a little good luck tiara to go with it.
My husband has been cooking and running around everywhere, doing a million different things to help me get ready, making my life a little easier. He has been cooking up a storm and preparing my favorite meals including smoked salmon and pasta, and Dungeness crab this evening.
Then there are all of you, my friends near and far, who continuously encourage and inspire me to work hard and reach for my dreams. Whatever I did to deserve this life, I am incredibly grateful.
Yesterday was packet pickup and first glance at my palindromic bib. There is something about the race environment and packet pickup that gives me major goosebumps. So many determined and adrenaline filled athletes in one little place.
This morning started with a quick brick, as I pedaled for 30 minutes at an easy pace inserting hard efforts every so often, followed by a fast 1.5-mile run immediately off the bike.
It felt great. The humidity is definitely a change from Central Oregon, so I will need to stay hydrated and nail my nutrition.
Today was course preview and bike drop off. The environment is completely different from Boise. Green, humid, cooler, and much more compact. And maybe best of all, not an ounce of wind. T1 and T2 are in the same place, which means no transition bags, and a lot of scattered chaos.
The water looks beautiful and many people were saying that it is going to be a hot swim. Even though the temperature says 69 degrees, a wetsuit and hard effort should make me sweat in no time. The swim is just a long out and back, which I am actually looking forward to because it means fewer turns and less congestion. Maybe.
Time to relax the rest of the evening and eat a wonderful Dungeness crab dinner while enjoying the view of the Puget Sound. I’ll be waking up at 4am to prepare for an early morning 6:47am swim start. You can track me here (686 – Kristen Yax)…