On Sunday, mom and I will be hitting the road to Chicago. I couldn't be more thrilled to have the chance to race next week in one of my very favourite cities. Chicago holds a special place in my heart because I had the opportunity to live there for two summers in university. The second summer my bedroom window overlooked Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, and the vast expanse of Lake Michigan. On a warm summer night, I could look out and watch the fireworks over Navy Pier. In early August, I could hear the headliners at Lollapalooza as clearly as if I was standing in the front row. Chicago has a bit of magic to it. It has so many cool little neighbourhoods, full of culture, amazing food, and interesting people. I'm happy that I get to soak it all up next week and share the experience with my teammates and family.
It's been a long road, but I am so glad that I set this goal for myself. As soon as I heard that Chicago was the host city for 2015 Worlds, I set myself on a mission to qualify for Team Canada, because I wanted to race there. I'm thankful for the people that helped me to make that dream a reality. It's so important to set goals, big and small, and I think it's also important to reflect on the journey at the end. Well, we are so close to the end of this little journey. I'm actually not sure what the next goal will be (it's a scary, but exciting feeling), but I have some business to finish next Thursday first!
I'll plan to update on the Facebook page, as well as my Instagram page while I'm in Chicago! There will also be a live finish cam on www.triathlon.org/live on Thursday. I'm expecting to finish sometime between 12:48 and 12:58 p.m. EST (depending on how things go.).
Before I sign off on this one, because I think it's okay to put your goals out there and own them...
My goal is to finish in the top 3 of my AG next Thursday. That would get me to Worlds in Cozumel next year (since I couldn't finish my race at the qualifier).
My #1 goal though is to have FUN and to SMILE and to soak the experience up as much as possible.
The specific goals (these may or may not be enough to reach my big goal though)
- A swim like Cornwall - 10:30
- A bike faster than last year in Chicago - under 34:00
- A run where I tap into all the built up frustrations from my injury and leave it all on the course - 21:00
- Cool, calm and fast transitions
- RACE the whole thing
Chicago, here I come!