I must say that while I recognize I'm not in the best racing shape right now due to (my fantastic, exciting, and completely acceptable) competing priorities, I am SO happy to be healthy and injury-free, and I feel GOOD!
This weekend is the first real test. I am racing two Half Ironman races in the next month. I know it's going to hurt, but I also know that I'm going to have a HUGE smile on my face.
This weekend: Deuceman Half
I love this race. I love the course, I love the venue, I love the half distance, I love the people, and I love that we always have a great showing of ONE folks out to support each other. LOVEFEST. Can't wait. I'm racing Saturday and Tyson is racing Xterra on Sunday. We are bringing the little guy and staying in a big house with friends. It's going to be so much fun.
The course is going to hurt. I have done a few long rides - 50-70 miles - over the last 6 weeks. And, I've run 8-10 miles about 4 times. Not my best preparation, but enough to get me through the course in the pain cave. This race is a training day. I don't expect to be smiling....
June 13: Boise 70.3
This will be my first official "Ironman 70.3" race. Of all the halves I've done (maybe 15??), I've never done a branded "Ironman" half. I'm looking forward to it! I'm flying in Friday and out Sunday, so quick race weekend, but I'm really looking forward to this one. You won't see me on any podiums (except maybe the mom podium) as I am not properly trained for that level of participation, but I am REALLY looking forward to this one! I hear the bike is nice and hilly, and the run is flat. Okay.
You'll note I have made no references to swimming in this post. I have not been swimming - it's the one thing that hasn't made itself into my schedule. When I have free time before/after work where I don't have kid responsibilities, I tend to fill that time with bike rides. When I have Siris with me, I'll put together a run with the jogger. Swimming should find itself a home once my mini lap pool warms up in the next few weeks, but not before these races. We shall see how that goes...!
Bring on race season!