Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ironman Cozumel is around the corner. Just a few days over a month to go. Because of this, I am operating of only partial brain power at the moment. I anticipate feeling a lot better after Saturday morning when I can actually put the alarm clock in the drawer and have a day at home. There are a million + 1 things to do here and of course, training, but on our own time schedule for a rare treat!

Training is going very well. I'm working very hard and most of the time, I feel positive and excited about the coming weeks. Sometimes it's hard to maintain that eager feeling.  For me, it's a build up of cumulative training fatigue along with the emotional and physical work it takes to raise a family of three boys. It can be a lot. Not to mention, I don't have people around me that I can talk to about this day to day. Not that I 'need' to talk about it too much. Thank goodness Mark is happy enough to listen to me. Mary is Always on the other end of an email when I need her. In addition, our house is under construction and our contractor is a good friend  who happens to be a Triathlete and 'gets it.'  That has been nice. But otherwise, my lips are sealed. I don't want to be that person who talks about her training .  Sometimes though, I just want a little hug or high five after I've worked my tail off for 6 days in a row.  It's not easy. Once in a while, I would love to tell stories about the crazy rides or runs I do.

So the countdown is on!
Alright, while there's only 30+ days left, I am still piling on lots of hours so my blogging time is limited.
I was laughing the other day-- noticing the little signs that Ironman training is full ON in my house.

Can anyone relate??

  • At least a few times a week, I climb in the shower and find pieces of gel wrappers on dropping to the shower floor. They stick to my skin when I stuff them in my shirt on runs/ rides. 
  • This : 

Is often my lunch. 

  • I usually think of the week days in these terms: swim day, long ride day, long run day, double run day vs Mon Tues Wed... 
  • I always have circles on my face-- not sure if they are permanent tired eyes circles or goggle marks, but they are there!  ( yes, getting old. skin not as fresh any more!! ) 
  • Stairs can be very very evil. 
  • Bike bottles seem to be everywhere in the house. Full in the fridge, emtpy in the sink, left on the bike.... all over the house. 
  • It hasn't taken me too long to go through one of these massive jugs of post- workout tastiness!

  • Laundry is everywhere. And while I do have 3 busy boys, 95% of the laundry seems to be MY workout clothing. And, I never seem to get a minute to fold it. Do you need to fold it? it's ok to just live out of it this way, right? 

  • My short ride day is ...80 miles.  
  • Everyone tells me to give up coffee....and I think I might cry.

  •  I  have a love/ hate relationship with this thing....
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And as crazy and all consuming as this training can be, I love it. I feel myself getting stronger. My confidence is building and I know I'll be ready as ever on 12/1/13.

Time to hop on the bike!!!!!


Karen said...

Sounds about right! Have a great race in Cozumel! (Glad I am not the only one with circles that never seem to go away... was beginning to think it was just me ) :)

ltlindian said...

I'm with you on the laundry. I just left the house with 3 loads in the hallway ready to be folded, one in the dryer and one in the washer. I hate laundry so much.

good luck in Cozumel!

Jennifer Harrison said...

Hang in there, Ange -- the "light" at the end of the tunnel is almost there! AND it will be so so worth it! Glad you are feeling good and strong! And, you know...I am always happy to talk about it all! (like today's email!). Keep it up!