I am very excited for this 2012 season. It is going to be a true test to see if all the hard off-season training is going to payoff. I have left everything on the line for this season and am anxious to see what is in store for me. This is an exciting place, a good place, and a nervous place to be. I am ready to push my limits and give it everything I have in order to attain my goals. I know deep down I am ready but there is always that second guessing for the first race of the season. You have nothing to compare it to after months of not racing. Will my body react as it did towards the end of last season or will I need to work out the kinks again. In reality though I think we are always working out the kinks to be honest. That is what makes focus and preparation so important for this first race. Every little edge I can get will make a world of difference in the long run, and sometimes those often get overlooked. I am going to go down and try not to worry about the things I cannot control or the things that are in the past and just race hard and have fun.
The first race of the season will hopefully set me up to have a great rest of the season. It will add more confidence at this distance and most importantly will give me valuable information on how my body reacts to different sets of circumstances and stresses. I always have a tough time with the taper though. I always feel like I am losing fitness, getting lazy and gaining weight. Although all of these are false, I can't help but feel this way. I think this is natural. It is nice to have partnered up with Todd Wiley, my coach, to ensure me that all those things are not happening and also that I am tapering correctly. I have the confidence that I am doing things correctly and am on the right path to have a great race.
About a week and half to go and I will have the first set of results for my 2012 season. I look forward to letting everyone know how it went. I'm going to reach for the moon and shoot for the stars.