Welcome to the daily grind, get up, go to work, eat, train, shower, sleep....repeat. Sometimes I feel like a hamster on the wheel but I know it's what I need to do. I am training for another 70.3 (Sept), another marathon (Oct) and for the World Swimming championship in Montreal (Aug). Luckily they all fit together and I can almost manage.....almost. I have had 2 good weeks of training and things are coming together, my legs are back for running and my speed with them, my biking is better and my swimming is OK. I fell a few weeks ago while biking, I still cant bend my knee without pain but it is not stopping me. My knee does not like me when I swim breaststroke but the rest of the time is just annoying. I have a knot deep in my calf muscle that does not want to leave, despite rolling and stretching and I can't wait for it to smarten up so I am ignoring it.
I love being back with the marathon clinic, the 4:15 group is great and it makes running so much fun. Moving up a group from last summer is challenging but it is then that I realize how much I have improved. Last summer the thought of running a 6:05 pace for a tempo run would have been impossible and now I can do it and then some. Some run feel really good, others are a struggle but I see improvement and I guess that is what keeps me going. My biking is another matter, I seem to be the same speed week after week and I don't see any real improvement. I know I am stronger then last year on hills and a bit faster on flats but not by much, it is really frustrating. I know that I need to really work on this area before next year, not sure what I need to do but I will figure it out.
I have had a few doubts about doing an Ironman next year, I really don't know if I can survive the training. I have watched some friends do it this year and I am really scared, I really don't know if I can do it. I am just telling myself that I said the same before my first 70.3 and my first marathon last summer and I just kept moving forward, one workout at a time and I did it...and then I did it again. I am hoping this works but no guarantees, it might be a crazy year,no it will be a crazy year and now I have to keep my focus this summer and get stronger and finish what I started, time to worry about next year later.