Apr 8, 2007

It's not about the race....

It's about the training....
everyone always asks what the distances are for the ironman event; 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run..... and you have to finish all 140.6 miles in under 17 hours....
but everyone I have talked to that has done an ironman, has said some version of the same thing.....the race is easy compared to the training... by race day, everything is done..
and obviously there are exceptions to this.. and a lot can go wrong on race day... but there are 364 days leading up to your ironman, each with it's own potential for successes and failures....
I have been training with a 7 month injury to my iliotibial band, that has been relentless... as in, it still hurts. mostly this has limited my running.. and it has limited it quite a bit.... as much as I hate the corporate culture of 24 hour fitness, I have been singing it's praises this year, and spending a considerable amount of time there over the last 7 months, as you can do a lot of rehab there, and a lot of simulated cross training... such as elliptical instead of running. to add a little insult to two injuries, i have had chronic asthma my whole life, and every winter it really puts me out for a few weeks to a few months... last winter i was down and out for three one month chunks, during the coldest wettest weather. with a new doctor and three new daily medications i was hoping this year would be better... and so far i have only lost three weeks to asthma... which is much better than three months....
all in all, i am enthusiastically doing all that i can to prepare... and sometimes that means things like a lot more rehab than swimming, and a lot more biking than running... but i have come to grips with the fact that this ironman for me is going to be all about what i can do... and what i can do is what i can do... and that is worth being excited about...
with the weather here getting better and long rides becoming more frequent, my mood has been elevated by some fabulous bike rides... and all i want to do is ride, ride, ride...
5 months and some to go...... and a lot more training hours ahead...
catch me in the bike lane.