I don't think I've ever been as stressed as I was today. We were warned to start the process as early as possible because IM Florida had sold within an hour of the general entry slots going on sale.
Shit, like I needed more pressure...
I made sure to renew my USAT membership at least a couple days before and that my active.com membership was still working (I had used it to register for DSE runs before I became a member) so in theory I should have been ready to go... But as we all know the theory works great in theory but in practice it leaves a lot to be desired.
At 14:00:01 I was reloading the active page and getting rejected. My brain is going a mile a second trying to figure out what are my other options if I don't make it. I thought about foundation slots but that's way more than I want to spend on a race entry fee.
I thought I was screwed... I kept trying and for some mysterious reason I was able to get in and complete the registration and print the damn receipt that says you've just spent $603 of your hard earned money to prove to yourself that you have what it takes to be an Ironman.
IM Arizona 2010, Mass Swim start (Photo by Mike Gaw)
There was a sense of physical relief when I started printing the damn registration receipt. The stress was bad enough to almost make me ill; the relief was indescribable. I had made it... I was in!
Now to start working out and start training...