Following a big training weekend in northern Wisconsin, Nick and I were
being lazy relaxing when I noticed my Ironman Coeur d’Alene medal hanging on the mantel (highly debatable living room decor, I know). It almost feels like the race didn’t happen, I told him.
It’s really weird… I mean, I know it happened, but at the same time, it feels like eons ago and almost like a dream, a really hot training day smack in the middle of Ironman Wisconsin training. Maybe I’m just blocking out the 106F inferno misery!
Anyway, recovery went well and much quicker than I expected. After a week of rest and play in Big Sky, TrainingPeaks had a full week of workouts, albeit super easy with zero watts and slow, short runs. In the weeks since, watts and speed + tempo work have reappeared – along with my legs.
How I feel about cycling (and training in general) ♥
So, what’s it been like to jump back into training?
Pretty good! I’m tired! You know you’re tired when the first thing you think when you swing your legs over the bed in the morning is… when can I crawl back in?!
Tiredness aside (thank you, Garmin 920, for motivating me to get my butt to bed most nights!), this build into IMWI has been solid and so much fun. I wasn’t quite sure how my body would react with such a short turnaround – just under 12 weeks between the two – but it’s responded well, carrying me through the return of double run + tempo Sundays, speed work on Fridays and long, high watt bike intervals (on the deck when it’s too late to chase daylight on the road after work… don’t go, summer!).
Not every workout has been comfortable – there’s been plenty of getting comfortable with the uncomfortable… of being ok with long lung (and arm) exploding sunset sets in the pool, with coach-cursing bike intervals, with a painful hydration + nutrition fail on the IMWI bike course (but… I love that course so much!), with the constantly heavy legs.
But, we don’t do triathlon because it’s comfortable, right?! It’s about pushing our bodies (and minds!) to see what we’re capable of. It’s about finding your edge. It’s about remembering the joy of why we started in the first place. That’s what keeps us coming back over and over and over again.
Less than three weeks ’til Ironman Wisconsin… cannot wait to tackle 140.6 again!
Comfort never leads to excellence. What it takes to become great is practice… the kind that hurts, that stretches and grows you. -J. Goins
Bridge out, so found a new favorite road and cool farm building near Hastings.
Almost always happy to be on my bike.
Glassy open water swim on Little Round near Hayward, Wisconsin, with some great folks!
My favorite barn along the Ironman Wisconsin bike course.
Lakeside recovery on Monona in Madison.
Practicing my reach and finding the quiet during a rainy swim.
Mid long + windy ride Mexi Cokes are best shared with friends.
Sunday morning long run with my favorite person on my favorite route (Ford-Franklin bridge loop along the mighty Mississippi).