My half ironman is 3 weeks away and the panic and self doubt has slowly crept into my head. It’s been a tough week. I haven’t felt great (still fighting off a cold and feeling exhausted) and questioning why I’m doing this silly race anyway. What if I didn’t train enough? What if I don’t feel ready? What if I die of heat stroke out on the course? Apparently the pre-race stress and doubt is a “thing” with these endurance races. Every athlete goes through it? I think what is important is to continue to feed the positive thoughts and block out the negative. There is going to be fear and doubt when you take a risk, commit to a new challenge and do something out of your comfort zone. But that’s also where growth happens. And you learn things about yourself that you wouldn’t otherwise. So I’ll keep running. And keep moving forward. And just try my best.