On Your Marks

October 26th

decorated office

I came in this morning to a decorated office and an email box full of good luck wishes for this weekend’s race. To say the least, I am excited. I’m a bit nervous because this is such a new experience, but also confident that I am well prepared for the challenge.
It has been a year of crazy, clutzy training. A year during which friends lent me their husbands for long weekend bike rides so I wouldn’t be out there talking to myself. A year of understanding coworkers who smiled as I hobbled around a flexed schedule and came in late after a 10-mile morning run. A year with a friend who patiently taught me how to maintain a bike, even a bike as temperamental as that sassy Ruby. A year when friends nodded and waved me away at 7 pm from countless happy hours and dinners. Needless to say, I haven’t gotten here alone.
Tri-training routines are certainly counter-cultural. I haven’t been the life of the party, but I have often been the first one to the gym. My priorities shifted sometime in the last year, making a great night sleep, a post-workout massage and a box of Clif Shot Blocks exceptionally valuable.
When the going gets tough out there, I’ve already got my visualization tools in mind. I’ll think of Lance Armstrong, when he returned for his opponent who’d fallen — a fantastic sign of sportsmanship. I’ll think of the triathlete father who accomplishes these races with his autistic son in tow. He doesn’t want his son to miss out on the opportunity. I’ll think of Rex, my running buddy. He survived cancer and is now out on the canals running again.
Come Sunday when I cross that finish line, I know I’ll be able to say regardless of my time that I gave every bit of me to this race. Hopefully I’ll also be smiling and plotting the next competition.

A shout out to everyone who has read these posts and cheered me along this year. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for your kind words!

Now, off to conquer 70.3 miles…


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60 Responses

  1. Good luck!!

  2. Good luck this weekend! You’ll be awesome.

  3. Good luck, Kelli! I’m rooting for you!

  4. Woo-hoo, good luck Kelli! Now ride like the wind and have fun out there. 🙂


  5. Best of luck!

  6. You are so awesome for doing this! I am looking forward to your report on how things go.

    I will be cheering you on, OK?

  7. Go, Kelli, Go! I’ll be thinking of you this weekend!

  8. Aaw good luck Kelli. Last week my dad did the 106k and my brother the 40k of this race.

    I’m rooting for you!

  9. Oh, Kelli. Swim, bike, and run, baby, run! For all of us who don’t have your health and fortitude, discipline and grit. Run for us.



  10. May you be a Wonderwoman. Good luck Kelli!

  11. Kelli, the Do-Athlete.

    “Do, or do not. There is no tri.”

    (Apologies to Jedi-Master Yoda)

    Good racing, girl. See you on the course.

  12. i ran around tempe town lake this morning and saw lots of crews setting everything up and lots bikers trying out the route. 48 hours to go and lots of action already. that will be a fun event for you.

  13. i’m rooting for you girlfriend!

  14. Have fun! You’ve earned it. We’ll all be thinking of you.

  15. oh, oh, oh, how exciting! I’m getting all teary thinking of you tackling your race. I know you’re going to do well- think of all your virtual bloggy friends as you go along, cheering you on from all over the world! Lots of love, enjoy it!

  16. Go Kelli, go Kelli….have a great race. Yahooo.

  17. Good luck!!

    Go go go go go go go go go!

    We’re all rooting for you.

  18. Good luck, Kelli! The whole dang blogosphere is pulling for you!

  19. Good Luck, Good Luck, Good Luck!!!
    You’re going to do great!!

  20. What a great sign 🙂
    Best of Luck Kelli!! You are fabulous and I know you’ll have fun. So proud of all your hard work!!!

  21. sharon in sugar land October 26, 2007

    good luck, hope you post lots of pictures!

  22. Good luck Kelli!!!!

  23. GO GIRL!

    I know you’ll rock it. And then reward yourself with something tasty! 🙂

  24. Best of luck Kelli! You will do great! Can’t wait to hear about how it went!

  25. Go Kelli! You can do it! I’m so proud of you for coming this far – and I can’t wait to hear all about it next week.

    Mwah! xxoo

  26. I raise a glass of Gatorade in your honor, Kelli! (Well, actually, it’s water and lime, but still….)

    Go, Ironwoman, go! Swim, pedal, run! Woo!

  27. YOU GO!!!
    You know you’re gonna be SO DIGGING it when you push past that first barrier and you just start soaring. Enjoy the moment, enjoy the fruit of such hard labor and savor the endorphins at the finish line! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  28. GO KELLI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ll be rooting for you on Sunday! Enjoy yourself 🙂

  29. the race is this weekend! yay! i envision you breaking through the finish line in record time and making all the other competitors eat your dust and feel misted by your sweat!

  30. Have fun and be well!

  31. Go Kelli!!!!!

  32. I support you 100% and can’t wait to get your text after the race.

    Also, that is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard – racing for 70+ miles.

    GO GO GO!

  33. I’m cheering you on all the way!

  34. I’m so sad I won’t be there to cheer you on. I will be thinking about you all day! I’m just so very proud of you 🙂

  35. Oh boy oh boy oh boy – I hope the whole weekend is electric!

  36. Sarah HB October 26, 2007

    I have seen that guy on the Ironman & it makes me cry every year!!!

    Good luck.

  37. You go girl! I’ll be thinking of you on Sunday!


  38. Bestest bestest luck!

  39. I’ve been remiss here, wishing you the best and knowing you will do well…ciao

  40. You are my hero. Good luck this weekend, you’ll do great!

  41. Good wishes for a safe triathlon coming to you from NC! You GO, girl! Will be dogging the net looking for news.

  42. run strong, chica. Best of luck to you this weekend!

  43. Go, Kelli, Go! We’re all rooting for you! (pretty obvious, I know . . .) *grin*

  44. You go girl!! Can’t wait to hear all about it and to hear how you kicked mile 70.3s tushie! 🙂

  45. I know you’ll not get this ’til after the fact, but good luck, Kelli. I will say a prayer that all goes well. XOOXOX.

  46. Good luck girl, I know you will whip some booty! I’ll be praying for you!

  47. Kelli, I am so proud of you in working so hard to achieve your goals–you’re going to be great. I will think positive thoughts for an enjoyable as well as successful race this weekend.

  48. Rock on friend! Can’t wait to read the post race post!

    Just think of the hot jeans and sexy shoes that tri training earned you!

  49. Best of luck Kelli, I’ll be rooting for you this weekend!

  50. You’re amazing! Wish we could all be there yelling for you in person.

  51. GOOD LUCK!

  52. YAY Kelli!!!! Good luck and have fun!

  53. I’ll be rooting for you all the way in Virginia! Go, Kelli!

  54. Good luck and have fun!

  55. Wow~I dont know which touches me more. Your wonderful, kind, words about your friends or that you are riding 70 miles today. Well, okay both. I think this is fantastic. You already won –

  56. You go girl!!!!

    I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic experience.

  57. thinking of you this weekend, kelli. good luck!

  58. While I’m writing this,(7.00pm italian time) you probably are still running, so my best thoughs are on your way. I can’t wait to read all about the race!

  59. Hope you had a fantastic experience! You inspire me! Can’t wait to hear all about the day!