Wednesday, July 16, 2014
As I said in todays update "training in the heat always takes a lot out of me".
It has been warm and humid, and I'm ramping up my training a little bit in preparation for my 1st Olympic Triathlon in August. Once again, I registered for proximity to home and familiarity with the event location. The bad part is, the timing is not right. I'm a little short after coming off a recent trail marathon that really took a lot out of me. I did rest up pretty well and started back in easily enough, but I might not peak and taper correctly.
So, I've decided to just take my time and just finish the event. I can do all the distances fine, as long as I take my time. I'm looking at a dead last place finish, or close to it. The Olympic tris have some serious competitors. So I psyched myself to accept that and just be proud that I can do it at all. It's a new discipline for me, the triathlon, and I'm just not a good cyclist. But those who know me, understand that I just love to try new challenges.
Like that trail marathon. New challenge, indeed. Wow, was I surprised by the difficulty factor in that one. Shook my confidence on that race. There were only a few marathoners who attempted, about 43 as I recall, and several decided to not finish it. But, albeit slowly, I finished.
Anyway, my training is going along fine. My cycling has improved ever so slightly. I'm toughing it out in the heat and hydrating carefully. I hate it when I'm near the end of the long runs and rides, and I'm getting really tired, but love it when I'm finished.
The swim training is going great, too. Water temp of 72 degrees all the time. So, no heat problems there. I'm not so fast there, either, but I do enjoy the swim portion. It's one place where I can interact with other people, so I get lots of nice feedback from folks I meet.
So, just a quick update that I'm still here, even though it's been a while since my last blog.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.