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Female registrants are waaaay down, only 18% of the total (compared to 23% in 2010), and registration is down for the older age groups. This is both good news and bad news for me:
- The bad news about small age groups is there are very few Kona slots - maybe just one.
- The good news about small age groups is fewer people are willing to take on the challenge.
- The bad news is that it's possible only the best triathletes will be there (because of the course difficulty).
- fearing I've not done enough hill training to perform well in an Ironman with 6000 feet of climbing
- worrying that, with my horrible nutrition issues, I've had no way of testing my fueling for a race that may very well last over 13 hours
- wondering if I've REALLY done enough running to tackle an extremely hilly marathon after the swim and the bike (this anxiety translated into a 2:20 long run at 5 a.m. this morning)
- fearing that because I can't get out of town until two nights before the race, if something goes awry with my travel arrangements to Utah, I won't have enough prep time
- fearing a swim in seriously COLD water
- wondering if my allergist is right that I won't get asthma in Utah's dry conditions
- the usual sleep anxiety
I hope that writing down these fears will make me look extremely silly and others will smack some sense into me. I have 19 days to get a grip.
Is it a coincidence that as soon as I finished writing this entry I got an email stating the Ironman St. George Athlete's guide is now available? I'll be wearing #309 on race day.