Something in the air

It's a great time of year to be out training.

With two weeks until Mooloolaba and three 'til the Australian Ironman in Port Macquarie, the roads and bike paths are full of athletes putting the finishing touches on their training.

Finely tuned athletes, testing their new race outfits, and gaining that extra bit of confidence from what they know is one of their last big sessions before they start tapering - resting their bodies and focusing more on the psychological than the physical side of their race.

There are also a fair share of weekend warriors out there who look like they're just starting out - perhaps sneaking in a run or ride to convince themselves they really can make good on that drunken pact they made with their mate, to run the 10ks or cycle the 40 in a team event.

Whatever their motivation, whatever the goal, I often experience a wave of comraderie for those out there with me. Especially on days like today, so close to race day, there's something in the air that's almost palpable... a mixture of anticipation, self-confidence, nervousness and excitement.

More than anything, there's a sense of positivity in the air. Go on... breathe it in...

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