Thursday, October 25, 2012
I'm heading to Rochester, NY in mid November. I'm really excited to be going, it is the first time I have been home in a very long time. As it fell out, I have the majority of November off, I need a rest, pure and simple. I am also looking forward to meeting up with some Spark buddies in Cleveland for the Fall Classic Half Marathon. This is gonna be cool. After that, it's the Turkey Trot in Webster, NY.
In spite of all the running, I will be very wary with my eating. It is far too easy for things to go crazy because I am on vacation. I didn't get this far by letting the wheels fall off simply because food was dangled in front of my nose but vacation always proves to be problematic since there is always the " now or never" trigger. It will be the last time I will have this opportunity to experience this XXX cuisine. It is even more true since I live in a small town without alot of variety, my senses have a tendency to go overload when I get to the big town.
Anyway, I am not very worried about it, I always have a plan. I have the drive, I will make it happen. I always have, or I wouldn't be where I am at now. While not I'm perfect, my drive is. I don't give up. I get discouraged and sometimes despondent but I always get back on the horse. I love what I feel when I am in a race and for that to continue, I must always put my shoulder to the plow, no matter what. I have what it takes to see this through.
When I get back, training begins in earnest.
Met with a trainer today and I feel inside that this is the big, final push. looking at 3x per week for 4 months with swimming and indoor cycle training on off days with 1 or 2 full rest days and 7 midnight shifts as rest days. All I ever do during mids is sleep, eat and work anyways, no workouts.
I feel that the next 4 months are going to be the most important ever. This will lay the foundation for my 70.3 next year. I have a quiet confidence that I will be successful in this event, no worries, no fear, but a quiet settled confidence that I got this, just let it unfold and do the work. This phase is where we strip off as much weight as possible and strength train. When I meet my goal of 25 lbs by Next April, I will have lost a total of 141 lbs. An additional 25 lbs will put me within range where it would be reasonable to begin pursuing my dream of the Ironman.
I am so close.
I am prepared to pay any price, make any sacrifice, and do what ever is necessary to see this phase to a successful completion. I have alot of evidence to support the belief that the Ironman is possible for me. Someone with the right courage and determination will always find a way in spite of the challenges.
I believe I am that man.
I will do this.