Actually, I bought a twosie. Since Juneish 2012 I have been talking about the USA onesie I wanted (my main reason for going to Sprint Triathlon Nationals in August 2012) and TODAY I bought my USA race kit for Worlds in London in September. Now I know I'm no Olympian or elite athlete, BUT, I am so excited to represent the USA. I even have my name on my butt. I asked J4 if he would split the cost of the kit with me if I put his last name on there (he's been asking me to since I qualified!) but 1) we won't be married yet 2) i'm not planning on legally changing my name when we do get married and 3) he said "Ha-no." I went with the two piece option b/c I always race in a two piece and I like it better, but I concede the one piece has stars and stripes on the side that looked pretty sweet. I spent some time today googling images of triathletes with their names on their kits to see if I should go all capital letters or have only the first letter capitalized. In case anyone is interested, it looks like all capitals is more common so I went with that. I can't wait for it to get here. USA! USA!
The Eugene half (for me) and marathon (for J4) is next week and I can't wait to head out there on Wednesday. We are both excited for a vacation to somewhere we have never been and think we'll love. The race organizers are planning to do quite a few things to honor Boston and I am so looking forward to those gestures. This week has been awful and J4 and I, like a lot of our friends who have moved from Boston, feel a pull to the city. With that in mind, it feels like a very poignant time to order my USA kit and prepare to represent the US. I think a lot of Americans are taking a special pride in our country this week and I certainly feel very lucky and proud to 1) be able to compete-at any level and 2) wear the red, white, and blue. It is a privilege.