I heard a little rumor that an important basketball game is on tonight, but honestly, I’m much more focused on my final four weeks of triathlon training! I can’t believe that two and a half months of training have already past and I’m in the home stretch before I swim, bike and run the Wildflower course! I’m excited to cross the finish line, but right now I am:
Sore and satisfied.
Tired and hopeful.
Excited and anxious.
Hungry for more, but REALLY hungry for food.
When I signed up, I knew that training was going to be hard but I’m starting to feel like now things are about to kick into high gear as we’re coached into putting each of the events together. This past weekend was filled with a couple of intense workouts that included coaxing my legs into a 2 mile run after a 30 mile bike (and I’m supposed to do it for six!?!), donning a wetsuit and swimming in 50-degree Bay water, and running 5 miles–all in a decent amount of rain.
The process thus far has not only gotten my body into good physical shape, but has put me in a very focused, determined and disciplined headspace. It’s been rewarding to see muscles appear where there weren’t any before and get to a place where running a track practice no longer feels like a chore.
But I will admit it, there have been (and still are!) many a time where I’ve questioned my ability to do this race. As I said: I knew it would be hard, but I didn’t exactly know just HOW hard it would be to balance a full training schedule with blogging, events, work, projects, home life, friendships and family. Just like when I feel like I can’t make it another lap or finish a hill, if I find myself getting overwhelmed with it all, I just try to take a second to pause and breathe more deeply to get through it.
After a recent (and delightfully raucous) bachlorette party weekend in Napa Valley that involved more wine than I care to share, I’ve decided to give myself the gift of alcohol-freedom! That’s right, no booze for this gal until after the tri! It’s not like I’m a big drinker, but I’ve I’m going to put my body through an intense Saturday morning training, I don’t need to go into it after a rowdy Friday night. It’s rather nice to wake up refreshed, rested, hydrated and ready to go!
As a participant in the Team in Training program, I’ve committed to raising $2,900 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The money I raise goes directly to cancer patients and their families. It’s been extremely touching to connect with those who have benefitted directly from LLS and I’m proud to be a part of this philanthropic effort. I’ve already raised over $2,200 and have just another 2 weeks to raise the rest! I can’t say thank you enough to my sponsors who have already supported me and made contributions! Whether or not you’ve got a connection to the cause, you’re more than welcome to make a donation to my fundraising efforts!
The bottom line is that yes, training is tough, but I’m still having a lot of fun. I mean, if I wasn’t would I be able to do this??
Didn’t think so. :)