At the risk of my post coming out wrong... Just some thought processes going into tomorrow.
I've been worried about tomorrow's race for some time. It's the race that I usually qualify at. Qualification really hasn't been a priority to me, until they announced Chicago for nationals 2014 and worlds 2015. I really want to go to worlds and be part of Team USA. It isn't likely that I'll be able to travel to China or wherever they do worlds after Chicago, so this is really my best chance.
The first year I did the race, I placed 1st in my age group, 4th female, 17th overall, and did a 1:32 time. Last year I placed 1st in my age group, 2nd female, and 10th overall.
So I kind of feel like I have something to defend and something to prove, even if it's only to myself.
I've definitely learned that it's more who shows up to the race at this point.
I almost didn't sign up. I'm still trying to recover from my bout with strep this week - I'm completely exhausted.
BUT - I'm going out tomorrow with one specific goal in mind - do better than last year - even if it's only by a few minutes. That would be a great race. It's such a technical course (garmin reports 4000 feet of gain over 16 miles on the bike, and 400 over less than 4 miles on the run.
A perfect race would mean faster splits (all 5) and defending my podium without any technical issues.
Last year's race report is here.