So, it's mid-October...The Phils are still in it, the temps are getting cooler, and it's been about a month and a half of tri-class training. I'd like to think I'm doing ok, although since I really have no idea what to expect with IRONMAN training...who knows? The swim workouts seem to be going well for me, as I've been hanging in there with the rest of the class with interval work. I've been really focusing on listening to every instruction Nick has been giving, and I think it's paying off. My swim cardio has been getting better weekly, and I have been making improvements in my TT times in the pool. As far as running goes, I'm lucky to have a group of people who are very strict in their training for this Half Iron event that's coming up (Beach to Battleship, in NC) on November 7. SO, when Tuesdays roll around, they HAVE to do a 50 min run, and it's been very easy for me to tag along and push myself there. My runs on my own could probably be a bit longer, but I'm really looking at these next 2 months as base training, in preparation for what i will HAVE to do in January.
My weight loss goals have been a little off...although its hard to tell, since I feel slimmer than before, and my upper body has changed a little from swimming (I feel the burn after every swim workout. Feels like I've lifted arms, chest, and shoulders on the same night.) I will continue to push, continue to do what I've been doing.
I've remained focused on the big picture. When a run sucks, or I feel shitty on the bike, I'm kinda pushing through, and really just remembering that its all hopefully going to pay off in the long run. It has definitely given me a new respect for all the people I saw finish at Lake Placid 2009. It just makes you realize that their race was not a one day event. There is so much that leads up to it.
As Bryan told me last week, I'm just at "the beginning of the journey". I know theres a long way to go, but I'm very excited about it, and I can't wait to get more into it.
I'm going to try to get better at writing things out, and taking more pics. I have a bit of training blog envy, since I've seen some REALLY cool ones lately.
Peace. Go Phils.