The training is pretty much over. With less that a week to go until Coast to Coast, the excitement is starting to build up. It has been a long time coming and I am now well into tapering. I’m just doing a few shorter sessions and focusing on getting the body ready to race and sorting the final pieces of gear and food. I am looking forward to getting off the start line and seeing what I can do and I’m sure many other people are as well.
One thing to remember is that the race is only one part of the journey. The first achievement is to overcome challenges to make the start line. My build up has gone reasonably well, some weeks have been good with everything on Training Peaks turned green and others a mess where I have had to adapt to the weather and people, to make training on the course happen. Some days it was easy to get out training and others not so much, but the drive of my race goals would eventually get me out the door. I have kept working on my paddling, wanting to get more confident in my kayak. I’ve enjoyed the adventures of running through Goats Pass and paddling the Waimakariri River. Sometimes it’s worth taking a moment to slow down and it enjoy those amazing environments.
So now is the time to trust my training and the journey I have had to get to the start line. I need to trust that it will get me though the race, when things get tough just focus on moving forward, or as Richard would say just focus on getting from one point to the next. Overall, the most important thing to remember is to have fun!