Kelly the Culinarian: Final Thoughts Before My First 140.6

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Final Thoughts Before My First 140.6

Yes, my impending Ironman is all I'm blogging about lately. Not sorry.

As I get ready to toe the start line in less than 12 hours, I've gotten pretty introspective about this whole thing and what it's taken to get here.

I signed up for Ironman Wisconsin a year ago. I stared into my laptop at work, tapping furiously at the keys as soon as registration opened. I remember pausing when all the information was filled out and taking a deep breath. I wondered if I was ready, sweating thinking about the intricacies and expenses of the next year. It's like having a final project in college - it's constantly looming over you as you try and go about your life.

My life has changed significantly in the past year. But the fact is, no one can tell from the outset what could happen in 12 months time.

I could have moved to another country.
I could have gotten pregnant.
I could have broke a leg.
I could have lost my job.
I could have been diagnosed with something terrible.
I could have gone back to school.

Any number of things could have happened. Some great things happened. Some things I wish hadn't happen did. I trained through it. I cried into my goggles and pedaled a rented road bike 80 miles through Texas hill country. I ran through streets when sidewalks didn't exist and tripped over rocks in back alleys in Mexico in pre-dawn hours. I gained weight through my turmoil and spent nearly every day of the past year awake at 5 a.m. to lift heavy things, swim alone, run in the dark and pedal in the garage towards nothing.

No one can tell what lies in the waters ahead. Smooth sailing is unlikely, and doesn't make for a good story anyhow. Give me murky. Bring on choppy. I don't mind swells. This is where I learn and where I triumph. This is the stuff of cocktail party stories. This is where I prove what I'm made of.

Ironbitch was born a long time ago with a spark of excitement watching an Ironman race on YouTube.

Tomorrow, Ironbitch will be christened with fire.


The Brit With A Blog said...


Anonymous said...

Kelly I love this post so much, I have been following all of your recent posts and haven't added anything because I feel like so many people have already said what I would say, "I am sorry for what you are going through, you will kick ass at iron man, you've got this, can't wait to hear about it..." "life" is happening for me right now with marathon training, nothing compared to what you are going through, but still a hurdle, so I can sort of relate. I can't wait to follow you tomorrow, where you will finish and not only finish but kick ass, because in the short time I met you, I know that you have it in you. Tomorrow you WILL be christened with fire (LOVE that BTW) and come though a whole new strong woman ready to conquer the world IRON BITCH!

Pete B said...

Good luck. It will be awesome!

Unknown said...

Good Luck!!

Maggie W said...


Unknown said...

You've won by getting there through all this, so just enjoy the race. :)

Anonymous said...

wow, this post is great.

hoping you had a great race today and congrats

Mo said...

I was wondering about the swim and the bike, so you answered my questions. I'm sorry you had to go through that (and all the rest of everything), but only the strong survive. You, my friend, are amazing!