My 70.3 is now two months away. It went from being a year away to six months away, and now somehow, it’s a mere two months away. That thought is slightly panic-inducing.
The last week or so of training has been really good. Honestly, I feel like it’s been my best week to date. I haven’t had any breakthrough workouts, but it’s been a great week of balance and great head space. After my time-out, I came back with a fresh perspective, and it made all the difference. That week of life without tri-training yielded great prayer times and some priority shifting. It put me in a better place mentally, and I feel like I have my head on straight for the first time since I started training.
Life has to come first, and if I miss a workout, it will be OK. Grace and forgiveness work a few different ways, and allowing myself room for margin is key.
I haven’t seen a lot of tangible results from training in my speed yet, but I have in endurance. I’m riding and running better and stronger, and I’m not exhausted afterward. I can see improvement in my body, especially in my legs. They may be big, but they are strong, and I am very proud of them. I had an amazing 3+hour ride Saturday with friends, and my blood sugars were perfect! I managed a 40-minute run after the ride, and I wasn’t completely wiped out. My speed will come, but being able to see the building blocks of endurance helps tremendously. And those perfect blood sugar days? Oh man, those fuel me more than any energy gel every will!
It’s hard not to look long-term, but I’m doing my best to focus on today and tomorrow. I have to take this trek one day at a time or I get overwhelmed. I’m in the busiest work season of my year, and it is a daily jigsaw to fit in my training. I’m so grateful for friends who support me and let me off the hook, teammates who encourage me and share their wisdom and friends who show up to run, bike and swim with me. This may be a selfish time commitment, but it’s not something someone does alone. It takes a whole crew, and I have a pretty spectacular one.
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