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<p>Hi my KR peeps,</p>
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<p>Just wanted to check in with you before I head off for my race.  I've only got one big bag packed and no carry-on ... what have I forgotten?  Argh ...</p>
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<p><strong>Three things:</strong></p>
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<p>1) Try not to break your shoulder seven months out from Ironman.  The painful recovery and intensive physio isn't worth it. 4 1/2 months of physio for me, and I'm still doing stretches and exercises.  Besides, I'm told it takes a full year for the shoulder to heal ... and yes, it still hurts, especially when I swim.  I'm actually way ahead of the norm.</p>
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<p>2) Make sure to ship your bike earlier than I did ... it will lessen the stress.  Please send positive vibes that my bike will arrive at the hotel by end of this afternoon.</p>
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<p>3) Sorry I have not been visited KR often during the past months.  I've had a compressed 11-week IM training schedule (includes taper weeks) and have been living in a work, train and take care of kids bubble.  Ridiculously short training schedule but not much of a choice considering 1).</p>
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<p><strong>Okay, I'm nervous and undertrained as all heck and you wonder why I didn't just defer until next year if I'm still injured:</strong></p>
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<p>1) Race fee was already paid.  Hotel and plane ticket were already booked. We struggling actors find Ironman really expensive (heck, everyone finds it expensive!)</p>
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<p>2) I'm racing in memory of my mom who passed away from cancer last year.  My goal is to raise $2000 ...Together we can conquer cancer!  <a href="http://operationtriumph.com/en/race-for-hope.php" target="_blank">http://operationtriumph.com/en/race-for-hope.php</a></p>
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<p>3) My Ironwoman friend, Lyn, who passed away in May after being hit by a truck along with 5 other triathlete friends, was supposed to race with me and was actually the one who convinced me to sign up.  She'd call me a wuss for bailing and I'd never hear the end of it.  Please say a prayer for her that she is now at peace.</p>
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<p>Well, I'm hoping that my mom and my friend Lyn will somehow give me wings so I can fly through the course without too much pain.</p>
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<p>Thanks for all your continued support, my Team LIT family ... it's nice to know you're still there for me even though I've been absent.</p>
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<p>Sally (who's leavin' on a jet plane ...)</p>
 

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<p>Go out there and enjoy the day <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title="">  You've had a tough year, and while your training did not go as you might have hoped, you still have it in you to get out there and soak it all in - and what a beautiful place to do it!!  Have fun out there and we'll be pulling for you!!!</p>
 

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<p>Hoping they have a live feed so I can watch and cheer for you!  Even if there isn't, we'll be thinking of you all day, and wishing you the best.</p>
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<p>Your mum and friend are proud of you, be sure of that, so go out and enjoy yourself!</p>
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<p>And sending vibes for your bike to arrive!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MBannon</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69706/imc-can-t-believe-i-m-racing-again#post_1938534"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p><strong>Allow yourself to cry a little bit out there on the course,</strong> but not too much - this stuff is supposed to be fun!</p>
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That's what Bannon does on every race.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AdCo</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69706/imc-can-t-believe-i-m-racing-again#post_1938571"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><p><br>
That's what Bannon does on every race.</p>
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Those are tears of laughter as I pass your weak ass.</p>
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<p>Good luck Bonnie!  Regardless of how it goes, I think you're a success to even get to where you are now after all you've been through.</p>
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<p>I wish you the best and I hope to catch you crossing that finish line</p>
 

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Matt and Adam, you're too hilarious!<br><br>
Alright, my bike arrived and my bag made the flight, unlike those 7 or more bikes that couldn't fit onto the plane. Checked in, groceries bought, supper eaten, bag unpacked, bath taken. .. I'm ready for bed! No training for me today, I'm beat!
 

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<p>You will do this. It will all come together into an epic event. Mom, Lyn, and the rest of us are with you in spirit and a tailwind. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif" title=""></p>
 
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