But I couldn't. So instead, I tried to make it FUN!
- I took my MP3 player and listened to some great tunes while I climbed.
- I recognized that the anxiousness that I was feeling at the start was just part of the experience and instead of wishing it away, I made room for it.
- At each water stop, I made a point of smiling and saying "Thank You" to the volunteers.
- When other folks were ready to pass me, I smiled and let them go by.
I did it! And, I even enjoyed it!
AND, more importantly, I experienced something that I have NEVER experienced before in all of my various races...I never once compared my body to the other racers. I never felt like a fraud or that I didn't belong. And, I never felt bad about myself or my body for not being and looking healthier and "better". And to that I have to say - WOW!
That is HUGE for me!
Yep...Day 5 was a SUCCESS!