I am feeling a huge rush of excitement for the New Orleans Half Ironman next weekend (the 17th)!  While I am still holding back my expectations to just finish the swim & bike, my knee is really rocking it out these days.  The run is very possible for me to finish.  Like I’ve said before, I’m just going to get off the bike and see how I feel, and take it mile by mile from there.  My cardio is tip-top, my strength is amazing and my swim is better than ever.  I know I haven’t set foot on the pavement in a while, but I’ve conditioned my body to remember as best as I can.  It’s OK if this race requires some muscle recovery after it is over, b/c there is plenty of time for me to prepare for my full Ironman later in the year (whichever one that will be…). 

Speaking of which, I am absolutely dying to hear the results of the Ironman Kona lottery on April 15.  I’m not getting my hopes up (really), but the thought of having a chance to go makes me want to scream for joy.  In my heart, I know if I don’t make the cut this time around, I will one year soon.  SO exciting & inspiring!!!!!  It makes me want to be the best athlete I can be.  I have a feeling in the next few years that I will surprise myself with how far I can go.

This summer is shaping up to be a really great one with lots of trips planned with friends.  In the next few weeks I’ll post a schedule of all that’s going on.  I know I’m definitely going to Bonnaroo in June, something I’ve been dying to do for years.  Two of my favorite bands will be there – Arcade Fire & Girl Talk.  🙂  Let me know if any of you plan to go as well!