Week 2 wrapped up today and I couldn’t be more excited about the future of training and racing! It was an awesome week topped off with an indoor triathlon at Lifetime Fitness. Granted I didn’t consider it a “real” race, it still felt awesome to be “racing” again and I was happy with my performance.
Total Mileage: 59 Miles
Total Time: 8 Hours
So far training has been really enjoyable and I look forward to it each day. I know this won’t always be the case though! I was finally able to set up my indoor bike trainer (correction — my husband was able to set it up) and what a difference it makes riding that compared to my spin bike!! I’m completely obsessed with it and although it makes me long for an outdoor road or trail, I’m just happy to be on my pretty little bike again 🙂
Saturday I road for an hour and a half on the trainer and watched Ironman’s Lake Placid 2016 video and I was getting choked up the whole time. Just the thought of being at Lake Placid gets my heart racing and my emotions skyrocketing!
The indoor tri on Sunday was SO much fun! I loved being able to meet other triathletes and I put in a great effort and hit all of my time goals. On the treadmill/run portion of the race I was chatting with a guy named Mike about being a part of Cleveland Triathlon Club and we found out that we are both doing Lake Placid as our first full Ironman! What are the chances of that?! It was awesome to meet someone else training for the race and I was laughing out loud when he mentioned he couldn’t sleep for four days after he registered. (I know this feeling!) I left the gym happy and feeling good about all the decent training I had gotten in that day and that week. (DESPITE battling a nasty cold though! This is the second time I’ve been sick this winter and I’m so over it! When I was training both yesterday and today I felt lightheaded a few times and had to remind myself to take a break and get a drink of water.)
Here’s to a great reminder of why I fell in love with the sport. I love pushing myself and exhausting myself and getting the chance to meet awesome athletes with similar goals and feelings. This sport can break your heart while it can also help you find meaning and connection. Today I was reminded again of why I do this and why I continue to want to be a part of something so extraordinary.
Happy week 3 of training!