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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Heading out - this is not a drill

I heard about a study where they took ordinary people and put them on a stage in front of 10,000 people. They measured their brain waves and asked them how they felt. The emotions and feelings ranged from sheer terror, to panic, to fear, to despair. They did the same experiment with Bruce Springsteen. They measured his brain waves and asked him how he felt. He said that he felt overwhelming excitement. He had almost a euphoric feeling because he was about to perform in front of so many people.

When they analyzed the brain waves and compared the terrified and panicked people with Bruce Springsteen they found that the brain patterns were the same. The only difference was how the people categorized the emotion.

I don’t know if any of that is true but right now I am feeling all of the emotions – excitement, fear, etc.

I’m leaving town today (Thursday). I am staying somewhere a little more than half way and will arrive in Louisville Friday morning.


  1. The hard part is done, now comes the PRIZE, race day! Just don't shoot your wad and you will totally be fine, pace yourself.

  2. Breathe and relax! That's all I could come up with, sorry. Namaste!
    Enjoy the journey. Enjoy the moment!

  3. hey, first time visitor...but mayeb i'll see you down there... I'm #601. Best of luck...or ya know, have faith in your training. You've done the work. Now is time for one more very long day of training. with spectators. and food we don't have to prepare at the end :)

  4. GOOD LUCK!!!! You'll kick ass!

  5. First time visitor to your blog. I so appreciate what you're feeling! I hope on race day you're able to race RELAXED!

    Race Well.

  6. Have a great race (and Jim too)! Live in the moment and stay healthy! Can't wait to read the RR! Cheers!

  7. Good luck. Control what you can and let the rest go. If you keep the day steady it will be easy. Don't make the race harder than it has to be.