Of course I also have days where I think "okay Dirk - what do you have for me - I'm READY!" I surmise that a coach's goal for Ironman training is to create highs and lows such that the athlete is ready for the same thing on race day. If so, Dirk is a master at this. :)
Anyway, I'm incredibly thankful to be happy and healthy and ALMOST THERE! Hard to believe my first Ironman of the year is only 3 weeks away! (to me Ironman = October = a full summer of riding in my legs...YIKES!)
In other news, my beloved Petey (my bike of the last 3 years) has a crack in his frame. Devastating. I found it right before we left for Columbia. I have no idea how it happened or even how long it's been there but it's BIG (and growing). I took the risk of riding on it for the race because the other option was not racing at all but when I took it to the bike shop the next day, they definitely cautioned me not to ride outside on it any longer. The good news is, Cervelo is sending a brand new frame under warranty. The bad news is, until the frame arrives I've only been riding on the trainer. Which is KILLING me. I didn't have a whole lot of riding last week but this week I have about 19 hours. All inside. While it's 85 and sunny outside. This is when it's useful to have more than one bike!
Of course worse things have happened and although I have a 5 hour ride tomorrow and a 6 hour ride Saturday and I REALLY don't want to do them on the trainer, I will if that's what needs to be done. The way I see it, if I can withstand the mental fatigue of riding on my trainer for those types of hours, the mental fatigue of Ironman might not be so bad. (at least that is what I'm telling myself) And if the new frame doesn't arrive by Monday I'm going to drive to Canada myself to pick it up!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
And in other, other news, Oscar and I joined a CSA! Our neighbor alerted us to the fact that there is a CSA that is a mere 5 miles from our house. Who knew? We haven't picked up our first installment yet but when we do, I'll be sure to blog with pictures. In the mean time, here is a picture of one of the residents of the farm:
Also, I implore you all to go buy some Cookie Crack at Trader Joe's RIGHT NOW!