Wow, what an interesting and exciting rollercoaster life has been recently. For months, I had been mentally willing myself to “just get through April 23”. That was the date after which I’d get back to a “normal” version of busy. The end of my insanely busy spring season that included taking a huge project to Russia and organizing a local 10K, among other things in life that converged at once. And when that date came and went, I breathed a sigh of relief. But it seems that it can never just be normal in my life. Things are ramping up with training for Ironman Lake Placid, and I have Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga this weekend in preparation, so training has been in full force.
So… the rollercoaster. I rocked my workouts one week, did mediocre getting it in the next, and then got back on track the next. Every week is a new adventure in fitting it in!
When I rock it and get in all the training my coach has planned for me, I feel amazing and it’s the best high!
When I don’t get in all the training, it’s really frustrating.
It’s a total rollercoaster.
I suppose that’s the journey of Ironman training, and the real experience of Ironman lies in the journey. What it takes to get to that start line, and of course to that finish line.
It’s springtime in Washington, DC and runners are everywhere. And tourists!
So when I can, I’m running downtown after work before commuting home.
Because the will to get to the gym or on the treadmill late in the evening starts to disappear some days. I alternate between morning workouts and evenings, just depending on what I have going on, but I think I need consistency in order to rock the workouts every week.
I have a complicated life, frankly. I’m a single mom half the time. This makes it challenging to go to the pool and swim, or go for an outdoor run. I’m constantly juggling childcare. The days when I don’t have the kids, I work a lot and travel.
I’m loving the springtime weather, and getting outdoors with the kids for walks and activity whenever possible.
I’m trying to add back in my strength and yoga workouts, but it’s hard with limited time. But when I do, I feel so amazing!
But I don’t regret the decision to go for my first Ironman now, rather than wait – even though I’m busy. I feel as though I’ve been waiting for years, and it’s finally my time to do this.
But that Ironman isn’t going to train for itself. It’s taking a lot of planning ahead and coordinating to make this happen.
I leave for Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga on Thursday – follow along on my Instagram! I’ll be posting photos as well as Insta-stories throughout the weekend. I’m so excited to be doing my sixth Ironman 70.3 in Chattanooga – I hear the town is awesome and the course sounds fun. Now if we can do something about the weather on race day, that would make it perfect!