|Even Napoleon is tired of this training|
Other than that, training is going well, sort of. I've yet to skip a workout, but the running is actually much harder than I remember. I did my long run of nine miles before work Monday and had to stop. The struggle was real. I remember when I used to run 10 miles at lunch while training for the Ironman. I got soft. Also, hill sprints are really tough when you don't have hills. I went to the Arboretum to run the hills there. After looking at my Garmin, I realized what I thought was a hill was just an optical illusion. Sigh. Some is better than none, right?
What I'm really looking forward to this week, training wise, are two very special events on the horizon. On Thursday, I'm off for my third year of open water swim practice with Tri Right Coaching at Centennial Beach in Naperville. This is awesome because it's the same venue as the rapidly approaching Esprit de She and will be my first go with the wetsuit this season. Plus, it's nice to practice swimming with other people.
Next, I'm all signed up and ready to pedal in my third-consecutive Udder Century Ride. I haven't decided on a distance yet because weather is a huge factor. The first year was freezing, last year was scorching.
I have to say, as much as the early mornings and endless laundry suck, I do enjoy the double workouts and the time spent outdoors and the social engagement I get from training. When I started training this summer, coupled with other lifestyle changes I've made, I felt like I was finally starting to get back to feeling like me. It's like having the training plan to follow somehow helped me return to my resting state. The real me.
Workout by workout, I'm re-emerging.