04 September 2008

Pre-Race Dreams

On Saturday, I will be completing my first 1/2 Ironman distance triathlon. One of my goals this week was to get lots of good sleep this week so that I would feel well rested on Saturday morning, so I've been going to bed around 9pm at night, which has, I must say, been glorious. I also have been sleeping a good 8 hours each night so I feel like I'm on track. Last night, the pre-race dreams started. I should say that I don't really do the whole anxiety freak out thing in my pre-race dreams. Mostly they're just really silly. This one falls right into that category, so I thought I would share it.

I was all set for the race, which turned out to be in Utah (the real race is in Mattoon, IL). For some reason, the run was first, but I wasn't bothered by this at all so no worries. I took off on the run and was running on roads, through fields, through buildings and ended up at a house. I had to run through the house, but the owner stopped me because he just had the carpets cleaned. I was thinking, "Why would you do that if you knew a race was going to be going through your house?" I politely tiptoed around his very clean carpets and then ran out the back door. I did notice that there wasn't anyone around, but wasn't bothered by it. Then, I had to climb up the side of a the part of the race course. Of course, I do not have sticky Spiderman fingers, so this was a bit of a challenge, but somehow I figured it out.

At some point, I realized that I was probably not on the right course...probably at the point when I saw a peloton of cyclists flying down the road. Lance Armstrong was there with a livestrong team. I thought, "Wow, he's totally going to win this race." I figured I probably needed to find the transition area, but I couldn't find it. I was totally lost. I also realized that I had forgotten to put on sunscreen and didn't have my running visor. At this point, I was feeling anxious. Where did transition go? I went inside this store and was trying to find a race volunteer with some answers. I couldn't find one because the store was filled with tons of sorority girls who were giggling and screaming and gushing. Right about now is where I woke up.

Who knows what in the world made me dream this... I'm quite certain that race day will be nothing at all like this, but I was amused and thought some of my readers might be amused as well.