It’s been a while since I last blogged, I realize that. It’s been a roller coaster of training ups and downs these past 2 weeks. You can read and listen and watch everyone who’s trained for these longer distance races and they are all different. You can think that you know what to expect but the truth is you don’t. It’s different for you and that’s because everyone is different. We might be the same in some physical aspects but it’s the mind that makes us completely different. I’ve noticed that when it comes to my training and racing it’s go go go go, with little time to reflect back at my accomplishments. It’s always been what’s next.
So today I actually took some time while I was driving to work to reflect back in the past year. If I was to tell 90% of the nation my story they would not believe me in the least bit. Going to a guy who pretty much drank every weekend and you could find passed out in his hallway or front lawn to a competitive triathlete who completed his first Half Ironman and training for his first Ironman. While quitting the drinking and losing over 80lbs+ in 1 year. Mentally though I’ve gone from someone who didn’t really have much drive or ambition in life to having a purpose and being an inspiration to others. It really is something to be proud of and I am proud of my accomplishments.
My training has been high and low though. I’m running a lot more and I’m hitting my bike workout power targets until they increased it! I’ve been struggling to hit the last intervals but over all I am getting faster and stronger. I’ve had to step away from swimming so much as I’ve been burned out with the pool and swimming in general lately. Some people will say I need to suck it up and do it anyways. I will admit that part of me says that too. However it’s part of being a multisport athlete. Sometimes you need to take a break from something to come back stronger. Now thankfully I’m a fast swimmer and I do enjoy getting out there and swimming in La Jolla Cove and the BOWS group that I assist with.
Either way I just got done riding almost 53 miles this past Saturday which was the longest ride since Oceanside and I am doing 104 mile ride this Monday. As I’m becoming a more confident runner and realizing that I need to get on that bike more I need to start upping the volume. It’s been a constant struggle to not add too much too fast. I’ll be using my actual road bike for this trip though so I better find those water bottle cages.
The best thing though is that I’m finding that the limits I once thought I had are no longer in front of me. I’m going to fail, I’m going to get back up, and I’m going to succeed.