Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Confession: I thought it had been a few weeks since my last post but turns out it’s been two months! Yikes, time flies when you’re having fun I guess. So what have I been up to? Well I believe last time we talked I was gearing up for my first half-marathon with a view to crushing my first Half Ironman.
Turns out, my legs are nowhere near ready for 21 kilometers of pavement pounding. Once my training hit the 5 mile mark, the legs literally started crying (it may have been sweat) and I try as I might, my pace would not go south of 13:30, no matter the distance or effort. A nice try, better off to go home and drown the sorrows in a nice IPA. But I didn’t, because I suck at giving up and going home. Instead, Coach T’s mantra of “Relentless Forward Motion” played over and over in my head and since I could never let her down, my 21km goal has become a time-to-smash-the-10k-PR in the making.
Crushing the Half Ironman will only be possible if I can do the swim, which is 2000 metres. Given my lack of swimming these past months along with, and because of, the always aching elbow, two kilometers in the water seems like a formidable opponent. That is, until my return to Sunday night swimming with the South Delta Tri Club. I managed to finish the entire hour-long workout for the first time in 15 months aaand I remember now just how much I love swimming, yay!
Not much to report, the running and swimming are coming along nicely, and although Half Iron race day is 9 months away, I’m super psyched to tackle the pen-ultimate triathlon challenge (join me! It will be fun, promise.). The updates will be more frequent in the coming months, hopefully filled with tales of successful training and conquering of the inevitable bumps in the road, along with some app reviews and who knows what else. See you out there!