|Janell, Me, and Jamie|
You both are such hard workers in every facet of your lives. Not only do you have busy work schedules but you have many other responsibilities and also loved ones to spend time with. I do not understand how either of you find the time and energy to train like you do. You are forces to be reckoned with.
This year has been a bit rough for me. Due to health issues I've had to pull back on training and back out of a few races. I've joked with each of you about how you've done a difficult, long workout all while I've just sat around on the couch. Really though, I just wanted you to appreciate the simple fact that you COULD workout like that. In the past I have often taken good health for granted. A bad workout would annoy and anger me. I would totally take a bad workout right now though. In fact, I feel like once I'm finally given the thumbs up to train that I will have a lot of awful workouts.
My dear Best Friends, don't take your health and your abilities for granted. The fact that you made it to the start line in good health is an accomplishment of its own.
Love yourself as you glide though the water.
Jamie- Reflect upon being a young kid that was still learning to swim. Remember learning and perfecting your stroke. Look at how far you've come since you were a kid. I bet you didn't imagine that someday you'd be swimming 2.4 miles just to kick off a race. Look how far you have come!
Janell- Do you remember how OWS (open water swims) scared the heck out of you? You did NOT back down though and continued to face your fear. You have since excelled in swimming. Look how far you have come!
Love yourself as you hop on your bike and cruise down the road.
I remember when cycling made you both a bit nervous. I love the photos of you on bikes now. You have practiced and become very comfortable in the saddle. I love seeing those big smiles when you're biking...so make sure to flash one at the cameras.
Love yourself as you lace up your sneakers to run towards the finish line at last.
Jamie- Running is what brought us together (with the help of Twitter). We have faced some tough times out there together from New England blizzards to unrelenting desert heat. You will be tired and sore by this point in your race. Imagine me there with you. The exhaustion and conditions never seem as bad when we are sharing the burden. You've got this!
Janell- Many moons ago on a small island in North Carolina you encouraged me to run in my first ever road race. The running bug didn't officially bite me until a few years later but it all started because of you. So during those final 13.1 miles envision the Oak Island Lighthouse (you've got a visual reminder on your arm). Remember when running a couple miles at a 13 minute pace felt like the most difficult thing we had ever done? You've got this!
I love you both so very much. You can bet your @$$ that Sunday will be the 1st day all month that I am happily glued to my couch. I will be watching your progress and cheering you both on.
Mind over matter. You don't mind. It don't matter.