Only one day left. No more prep, just do. In about 24 hours it's going to be sayonara fantasy, welcome to the real deal. Speculation will continue long into the day, but at 7:00am on Saturday a collision with destiny will take over. It usually takes all day to splay open the guts of the race. It's not sudden impact, more a slow ooze that builds the face of the race hour after hour. And with every mile covered the same never ending question still remains..."can I keep going"?
Remember the beauty of the Island I spoke about in yesterday's blog? It's out there, perhaps hidden by pain, it's colors dulled by self doubt. But it's also deep and rich and will be seen by all who race as the day unfolds along with each athlete's personal story. It's the kind of narrative that grows grander with time as the edges of the day soften.
I spoke with the woman everyone is saying is untouchable. You know who I'm talking about...Chrissie. The best way to describe her physicality is to say she is like one giant set of levers, arms and legs that seem to bend and move at just the right angles and have the precise length necessary to generate maximum force. It's clear that she was assembled by some divine force that had one thing in mind...make a human being that can cover 140.6 miles quicker than any other woman on the planet.
But Ironman goes deeper than appearances, that for sure. Big and small 1,800 athletes of all sizes and proportions will make it to the finish. And doing that is much more than the mechanics of arms and legs being pulled through their paces by muscle. As Rudy Garcia-Tolson said at the Carbo Dinner, "A brave heart is a powerful weapon." Well said by a guy with no quads and no hamstrings, and oh yes, no legs who will be attempting to do what no one has ever done before.
Best of luck to all our MarkAllenOnline athletes. And for all of you at home, check us out on Twitter on race day. Just search for MarkAllenOnline and you will find us. Luis and I will be posting updates as they happen!