To be perfectly honest, there’s only one goal on my mind this month.
I’ve been eating, sleeping and breathing this race since registering in October, and six weeks out, it’s intensified. My days revolve around training (and eating, obviously… so much eating). Should I run circles around the track in the morning or after work? What pool should I swim at? Where should I run long (so.tired.of.Summit)? Do I have to go to the co-op again at 8:30p? I need new socks and goggles and aero bar spacers and a wetsuit and a swimsuit and, dang it, why are we always out of Skratch / Vega Sport protein / Bonk Breakers / Honey Stinger chews / <insert fave nutrition here>?
That said, there hasn’t been a lot of balance (more on that soon), but I wouldn’t change it for anything. Every mile on my bike (nearly 1,900 this year), every mile in my running shoes (about 640) and lap in the pool (133,000 yards) – even the tough days – has been fantastic. This journey has been fantastic! And, I’ve learned so much about what my body can do and what I can do with a little determination and gumption.
So, here we are, just 41 shorts days out from my first 140.6 start and finish line.
(OMG! Forty-one days?!)
This past weekend kicked off four REALLY BIG weeks of training. As in a 94-mile ride yesterday and two century rides in the next three weeks big. And, in between all that saddle time (and crazy long runs and open water swims) there will hopefully be some room for reading Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection, keeping up with the mountains of laundry, spending some time with my sister and niece, and enjoying sunset dinner on the deck with my fave under the twinkle lights.
Have a happy July, friends!