I just found out that Chrissie Wellington is going to be racing at IMAZ to make up for not being able to defend her World Championship title at Kona earlier in the month. So we'll be racing "together".
[insert girlie screams and squeals here]
Of course, this is going to shoot my goal of getting out on the run before the first finisher crosses the finish line all to heck because even if I modify it to first female finisher, there's a reasonable chance Chrissie will win the whole thing in my opinion. Then again, that was never a realistic goal anyway, more wishful thinking. I'll trade it for getting to be "caught" at the finish line by Chrissie in a heartbeat.
Speaking of the finish line, I've been getting so emotional about doing this Ironman lately. It reminds me a bit of when I had surgery - the planning, the anticipation, the daydreaming as to what it will be like, and the random tearing up for no reason thinking about it. It's caught me by surprise.
But now thinking that maybe Chrissie will be at the finish line greeting me as I cross as she has done at past races, and I'm getting even more emotional. Given that I don't think I'd even be in the position of doing this race, if it hadn't been for the advice and encouragement that Chrissie gave me when I met her last year, it's the perfect ending to my season.
Now, watch: I won't even see her the entire time I'm in Tempe