Stop worrying. Here’s what you need to do to conquer Ironman Arizona
Dear Future Adam,
Good morning. If you’re reading this, it’s early on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
The sun won’t rise for a few hours but your mind and nerves are already racing.
The dark windows, beeping alarm and creaky floorboards sing in a familiar harmony as you stumble out of bed for the start of a big day.
It’s OK. Take a deep breath, hold it for a couple seconds and close your eyes. Now, exhale slowly and calmly, and open your eyes.
There. Much, better.
Look to your right on the dresser: your clothes and shoes are laid out on the dresser and everything is in its place, packed and ready to go.
See? Business as usual.
Alright, now here comes a curve ball: after you turn on the lights, you’ll lean against the wall waiting for your eyes to adjust and feel a pang of anxiety that’s not so familiar. You’ll remember why today is different.
Today, you become an Ironman.
Probably didn’t get much sleep last night, did you?
I’m guessing you had nightmares about getting lost on the course, took multiple trips to the bathroom and spent a few wired hours lying in bed staring at the ceiling, desperately trying to slow down your heart rate.
That’s OK. Excitement is good, and most of the 2,800 other athletes are in the same boat.
Well now you’re awake, and it’s go time.
With all the adrenaline coursing through your veins this morning, it’ll be easy to get worked up, stressed out, and stray from the course that got you this far.
So take this letter as a reminder that you are very great – although you can be an idiot at times – and read the following instructions to stay on track, calm and in control during the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile ride and 26.2-mile run: