Heart of IM Training

82 days, 19 hours, 25 minutes and 22 seconds until IRONMAN TEXAS 2018.  I knew a day like today would come. I woke up and DID NOT want to do the 2 hour run on my training schedule. Yesterday I knocked out 3.5 hours on a trainer and then a 50 minute brick. Every part of my body is sore – mostly between my knees and my pelvis. So the prospect of pounding out 10 to 12 miles was not enticing. But it reminded me that today’s run was part of the mental training going on. Because I clearly remember mile 3 of the run in Arizona thinking “how am I going to get in 23 more miles.”  So I got up, laced up my shoes and headed out the door. Got it done.

There are 12 weeks left in this journey. The past two weeks have been a challenge to say the least. Had a key employee quit, so I am doing my job and hers and training two new employees. And training for IM. Why don’t we just add ending world hunger to my to do list while we are at it. So overwhelmed two weeks ago I actually thought there was no way I could continue training and do IM with so much work to do.  Once I got over my pity party, I realized I have come too far to quit now and I am going to finish this journey strong. When did I ever think this IM journey would be easy? When did I think owning my own company would be easy? Is anything worthwhile easy? Nope, nope and nope. So I am thankful for all the loyal employees who are working with me and all of the clients who do trust me to handle their accounts. And I am grateful that I am healthy enough to be on this IM journey. And grateful for my training partners and family who are supporting me through this journey. I choose to focus on what I do have and how very fortunate I am.

It took me a little longer then I thought it would to come back from Arizona. But I made it to the Houston Half marathon and had a decent time. No PR and it was more like a long run, but it was fun to run it with my IM training partners Ivonne and Christy.

Two-a-days are becoming a habit now.  The focus is the bike and my comfort level on it is greatly improved; no longer scared to be in aero at all. Still struggling to get my cadence and power up, but lots of long rides in front of me to work on this.

So, today, thankful that I was able to make myself get through the workout and praying for the strength to complete the training I need to and make it to the IM start line.