With today’s 12 mile, 45 minute ride on the bike, I have finished training for this triathlon.
I took a short, 3 mile jog on Sunday, I went for a short, 1200 yard swim yesterday, and pedalled the short bike ride today. At the conclusion of each of these, I’ve let myself absorb the magnitude of ths series of training. I have been in official training since January, unofficially returning to a swim/bike/run regimen since October. I haven’t done the calcuations of the miles logged doing all of this; that might be an interesting statistic.
My reflections on that include knowing that this has been the most successful training I have ever done, for any race. By successful, I mean that I have been more injury-free, more consistent with workouts, less encumbered by modifications to the training plan. It has also been maybe the most enjoyable (with the caveat that most runner/swimmers/cyclists have about the love/hate nature of training). The weather was not too cooperative – in reviewing the blog, I find that I was able to cycle without a headwind approximately…twice. Most of the training took place in the winter/spring, so there was lots of Being Cold involved.
Logistically, now, the plan is: Leave tomorrow for my brother’s home in Atlanta, spend Wednesday with him, travel to Panama City Beach Thursday, attend the Expo/group swim/pasta meal Friday (no, I’m not wavering from my high protein/low carb lifestyle), 6am start Saturday. Did I mention my whole family plus some are coming?? I think I’m driving our motor home with 2 daughters and 2 friends, my sons and husband are coming together at some point, and my brother as well….nothing like an audience.
I am so grateful for the support of friends and family throughout this whole adventure. Thank you for your kind words, your confidence in me, your encouragement. It means more than I could possibly begin to say. It sustains me when I’m struggling, and I see your smiling faces in my mind.
I will try to blog again after getting settled Thursday or Friday, but no promises. I am committed to blogging Saturday night (pre-tequila) and posting any pics.
Thanks for reading.