One week from today I will be in Louisville, checking in my bike. My stomach will probably be unsettled, wondering if I prepared enough. Most competitions that are important to me I diligently train for. I haven't done that for this Ironman. My last entry, I talked about how I was going to increase my training until the Ironman started since I have procrastinated on the swim and run. The idea seemed great, but now I have a gimp hip.
The gimp hip is normal. There is a strange phenomenon that happens before all races... an injury pops up. It's crazy. I don't know why this happens, but it does. The injury always disappears race day.
The one thing I will keep in my mind during the race is how fortunate I am. Because of amazing research that went before me, I am not worried about how my heart will hold up during this race.
I have had a continual reminder of how our research battle is far from over. Emily, a beautiful 5 year old, is not doing very well at all. She went into have surgery a couple weeks before our cross country bike ride and I took her picture across America with me. She is one of the bravest fighters I know. I need you to please keep her and her family in your prayers. Here is her facebook page.