The night before the race I was in semi-freakout mode. My friend Alison kept emailing me pictures like these to make me laugh.
And words of encouragement like: It could be waaaaay worse, you could have to have a kid tomorrow.
Lisa was on the phone with me talking me down. And my husband spent the better part of the day answering my panicked texts.
But by far the best advice I got was from Kevin from Gears Bike Shop who told me to just ignore any ego around me, including my own.
Because that’s the thing. It’s so easy to get caught up in who is faster than you, who is more fit, who is the best. You have to let go of your ego and focus on what you’re doing, not even allowing yourself to care what you look like at any given moment.