Well the good news is, you didn't miss much! I last wrote just a few weeks after IM Wisconsin as I was getting back into training. Since then, yep, you guessed it, I've done more training! There have been some lows (had a rough week of fatigue right around the time of Kona) but many, many more highs. It's hard to believe that I will be lining up for Ironman #2 of the season and #6 of my life in just one week's time!
Doing a "late season" Ironman is always interesting. Especially when you don't live in a particularly warm climate. I also did IMAZ in 2012 but last year the weather cooperated a bit better. This year there were several VERY cold and windy outdoor long rides that helped toughen me up. One such ride was 7 hours, solo, on a day when the windchill never got above 35. I'm going to tuck that one in my back pocket for the next time I think I can't do something. Interspersed with the cold outdoor rides have been some good indoor heat acclimatization riding on the trainer. Although IMAZ isn't usually a terribly hot race (like a Kona or a Cozumel), it's certainly warmer than 35!
Nevertheless, I've really enjoyed my training this fall and feel quite blessed to be healthy and happy and in the position to work hard and see some really good results! My last big day was yesterday so from here on in it will be resting up, relaxing and, my favorite - PACKING!! :)
Some fall photos:
|Roxy made it onto Slowtwitch before me. Helps to be as cute as her.|
|My least favorite set of paddles (PT paddles) and I got into a fight at the pool. No worries, I MacGyver-ed that baby right up and it's as good as new!|
|Some days I wish I was her.|
|The 7 hour ride where I apparently tired out my Garmin. The file refused to download after I was done. If you ride 7 hours but the Garmin file doesn't exist - did you really ride 7 hours?|
|One of Oscar and my favorite fall activities - filling our Operation Christmas Child box. Check it out here if you want to get involved!|