I got my Triathlete magazine in the mail yesterday, and it came with a supplement magazine called "Road to Kona" (Kona, Hawaii is the site of the Ironman World Championship in October). It's so exciting - because it's the March issue, it kind of kicks off the season unofficially - winter offseason starts wrapping up, and triathletes everywhere start emerging from their holes and getting back into it. So it's full of articles and imagery and features about kicking off the season. And the Road to Kona mag is full of Ironman-specific articles and features, and all the advertisers hype up their products relative to Ironman - "...On course at Ironman Lake Placid, Ironman Florida, Ironman Wisconsin, and the World Championship in Kona" and "...see you at the Expo at all Ironman events in '06" - just stuff like that. But seeing it all in print, having the season unofficially start, it just gives things such a...momentum. Like when I used to work at camp and in the ass cold of February or March I'd get the letter saying welcome back, here's the summer schedule - it made things so tangible, and I'd find myself daydreaming all the time and making plans for the summer that now seemed more inevitable, less impossible for the dark of winter. So exciting, I swear if it wasn't 20 degrees right now I'd get Ol' Blue out of his hibernation and hit the road right this second. I can't wait for my first race. Can't wait for my first training ride. Can't wait for that first transition. Life is good!