Um, well… wow. It’s been a bit quiet here lately. I’ve never had a hiatus like this from blogging, and I suppose it’s indicative of the way things have been lately. I’ve had to take a step back in a few areas due to some things going on in life. I had some life transitions, and all is going well now!
But it’s a quick countdown to Ironman Lake Placid.
Training has been going okay, but some weeks have been tough. I’ve had work to contend with, and my schedule can be kind of hectic. Ironman training isn’t designed for people who work 14 hour work days. Or who work until after midnight on a Friday night. Or for single moms. It makes it really challenging to get up and get on the bike trainer when you haven’t had much sleep, or enough time with your kids on a busy work week. I know it’s about sacrifice and dedication, but as the weeks go on, it’s hard to stay on top of all that work, kids, life, and Ironman require of me. This is the brutal honest truth.
The best part of my recent times is that I managed to get up to Lake Placid for training camp – more on that in a future post where I’ll recap it all! But suffice to say, having a whole weekend to focus on the training and preview the course was an incredible benefit.
We biked the whole course (well I came up with 110-111 miles of the 112 on my Garmin!), swam the whole swim, and ran 18 miles of the run course.
I had the most incredible run – felt strong and finished it running two loops of the Olympic Oval, envisioning it packed with spectators and hoopla as the finish line of the race.
Going to Lake Placid training camp and devoting a whole weekend to focus on me and my race was just what I needed, a huge confidence booster about my ability to finish the race.
Aside from training and work, I’ve had some nice quality time with my kids. They finished up school and are having a fun summer. My daughter will go into middle school/6th grade this fall, and my sons will be in 2nd and Kindergarten.
Summertime means lots of great memories being made!
I’ll be posting more regularly in the next couple of weeks as I gear up for the big race, so thanks for following along!
What’s your next race? What is your goal race for the year?