When I decided to publicly proclaim that I’m going after this silly dream to be an Ironman, I actually had trouble sleeping that night. What the hell was I thinking? What if I can’t commit to the training? What if I’m not good enough? What if there really is no hope for my swimming?
I’m happy to report that I’m sleeping quite well these days, after putting in a couple solid weeks of no-joke TRIATHLON training! This week alone I logged just over 10 hours, which included 31 miles, 3 pool sessions, 2 hours of TOUGH strength training, and 3 sweat-fests on the trainer with my new beloved Felt. I may not be fast, but dammit, I’m dedicated.
Since I’m back on a Higdon plan for the Eugene Marathon, I’m trying to work in biking and swimming around that, so that running gets priority. The only mandates I’ve come up with are making sure that marathon-pace and long runs come first in the day if I’m doing something else that particular day as well. Otherwise, I’m just listening to my body, and aiming to be on the bike and in the pool 3 times a week each. I’m not getting too hyped up about time or distance–just focusing on making it happen.
Today in the pool I was feeling particularly frustrated with how HARD swimming is for me, when I realized that my first tri (with a swim of 500 yards) is over 3 months away. And then I realized I went from non-runner to half-marathon finisher in just over 3 months. So this is doable.
In other exciting news, my husband (the non-runner) and I went for a short run together today! He told me yesterday that he’d maybe like to start running and I was thrilled! He’s going to start the Couch to 5k program tomorrow and I’m not-so-secretly hoping to get him registered for a spring 5k : )
Ooooh and I got a pair of Lunaracers! I have a hookup and our local running store and I was offered a nice little discount on them, so I went for it. I’ve run in them once and liked them, and depending on how icy/snowy it is, I might give them a try at the Frostbite Four next month. Bring me PRs this year Nikes!