Kelly the Culinarian: Training Tuesday: 40 Days

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Training Tuesday: 40 Days

Four zero. Forty. Those are all the days that separate me from the big dance. I remember when I signed up for Ironman Wisconsin I planned to dedicate the whole year to it. Swear off booze, subsist on egg whites and water and my own smug satisfaction. I planned to sleep eight hours religiously, shun television except on the bike trainer and spend my weekends pedaling towards glory.

Ha.

So instead I sit here with 40 days and 40 restless nights between me and what I hope will be my moment of glory. My only goal is to finish it, but man, that's looking a bit impossible. I had a great ride Saturday followed by an absolutely miserable 14-mile run Sunday in which I whined, got dehydrated, questioned the meaning of life, swore off running and did the whole run-walk routine back to the car for seven miles. It's so very me - some weeks I'm spot on with my training, and some weeks the wheels just fall off.

In the same respect, though, I feel like compared to some, I'm still doing a lot of training and have a solid base. Whether one can complete the Ironman on base alone remains to be seen.

Here's what I know: my training is subpar, but my desire to achieve this is off the charts. I am doing this race for me and to prove I can. If I don't finish this year, I will be sad and mopey and emo. But I will not be defeated. A set back is only a failure if you let it become permanent.

And hell, I already paid for the race. Might as well see if I can do it.

3 comments:

seemommyrace said...

I LOVE this sentence you wrote, "A set back is only a failure if you let it become permanent" that is so true!

You will do great at your race Kelly!

Losing Lindy said...

you have this

notquitesure said...

Kelly, I just want you to know that you're an inspiration to many readers. The fact that you have the drive and courage to do this is more than a lot of people can say for themselves. Whether you get to the finish line or not, you tried. You're living the life that you want. And that's half the battle right there.