I do think it will always catch me off guard how we wait and wait and plan and train for these events to come, and then suddenly, boom : it’s the day before the race!! And there is nothing left to do but….wait.
So far Bolton has definitely lived up to it’s name of being one of the “friendliest towns.” Seriously everyone has been super kind and helpful. Their cheerful dispositions definitely make up for a lack of cheeriness brought to most towns simply through sunshine. I know it still exists as every now and then we get a glimpse, but the sun does like to hide behind the clouds around here!
Ironman in Bolton definitely comes with its logistics to figure out. Luckily I am here with my London-based friend Lucy who is helping me navigate the area. We made sure to spread some Smashfest Queen love on the streets of Bolton in our attack kits:
In terms of the race, the word that kept coming up as I chatted with Hillary was: opportunity. This is a small field. I always do my due diligence with pre-race research on the other women racing. Thorsten’s data is a huge help to me and really helps me break down the data side of the race course.
With the field here in the UK being quite small, it’s clear that I have the distinct pleasure of racing this race, as the numbers would indicate, well under the radar for a podium spot. Of course, numbers don’t lie…but they also don’t tell the whole story. The numbers don’t indicate my training, or heart. Or what happens to the other women when the pressure is on. Based on the numbers, it was clear this race is a huge opportunity. To go hard. To hang on. To be there when the door opens. And to step up to the challenge. That’s why I chose to race professionally in the first place, so I’m excited for what can come from this.
And, no matter what – I have another *opportunity* in 7 days. So, let’s do this.