Friday, October 31, 2008

Ironman Eve

Ironman Florida is tomorrow. Tomorrow.

I just got back from checking in The Bike and my gear bags. Coach Dan asked me to swim 10 minutes, bike 10 minutes, and run 10 minutes today, which I did. The swim in the Gulf was initially very cold, but after I got past the second sand bar, it warmed up as the water got deeper. The Bike felt good - it's running incredibly well. The run was good, too.

I have an injury right now that I will have to deal with tomorrow. Last weekend I developed a hematoma in my saddle area. I had to have it drained on Monday. It's still open and tender, but much better than it was. It's very frustrating to be dealing with an injury right now, but I think everyone in the race tomorrow has issues to deal with, some a lot worse than mine. Hopefully, I'll be able to adjust and complete the race.

The energy and excitement here is palpable. I've thought several times since being here that I am so fortunate to be part of all of this. I'm so thankful for all of the things in my life that make it possible for me to even stand on the beach at the starting line - family, friends, co-workers, health, finances, weather, etc.

I'm ready.

I'm going for it.

We'll see if Bib # 998 makes it to the finish line.

13 comments:

TJ said...

Have fun out there. I'll be on the sidelines cheering for yall.

Anonymous said...

Go Charlie! Sean and I are hoping you have a great race! I have been praying for healing and strength so you can compete without restraints! Michelle D

RobbyB said...

Go get 'em, Charlie! Have a great day.

Rural Girl said...

Go Charlie! I am so excited for you! I hope your day goes well. We'll be rooting for you!

ShirleyPerly said...

Good luck, Charlie! Enjoy the day.

Steve Stenzel said...

Go for it, Charile!!! Have a good race!!

Steve Stenzel said...

You're holding a steady pace on the run! (8:47 first quarter, 8:55 second quarter)

Keep it up!!

Steve Stenzel said...

You're slowing up a little, but you're still moving in the right direction!! KEEP IT UP!! GO CHARLIE!!

Steve Stenzel said...

NICE JOB CHARLIE!!

CONGRATS!!!!

TRI TO BE FUNNY said...

Congrats on an amazing race!! You did great!!!

Chad said...

Great race, you killed that run. Congrats on an awesome Ironman finish.

Lula's mom said...

Woooooohooooooooooooo Cha!!!!!!!!!!!!
Big HUGE congrats

xoxoxoxo carla

Anonymous said...

Way to go - was that your LSU pumpkin on the course?