Pumpkinman.. oh yes.. You are finally here. Finally. I can't wait for the gun to go off. I have been training for this Half Ironman for a year now. My first HIM was really to gain experience and to see what happens. This HIM is for racing. To really push myself and at the same time correct anything that went wrong at Mooseman.
I'm REALLY excited to see how my swim goes. I've been such a slow swimmer in the past and now I feel like I'm an OK swimmer. No longer am I the slowest at the pool. It will be fun to see how I stack up.
My biking is better as well. I now know I need to keep my heart rate in zone 4 for the entire ride. I think. :). My food on the bike his HUGELY important and I think I have that puzzle down pat.
My running has actually improved since I started training for triathlon. It's a mystery to me but it really has. I PR'd all over the place in the last year. The 10k, 7miler, and Half Marathon. It's such a mystery because I'm way older now and I've hardly logged any more than 25 miler per week. Whatever the reason is, it makes me very happy. Guess all the cross training makes you a stronger athlete all the way around.
With that said I am sooo looking forward to a month or two off from training. I really need a mental break. I fantasize about sewing, cooking, and doing mundane housy things that nurish my soul. I have been struggling a bit with keeping it all together in the final 3 weeks. I missed a few workouts and even shortened a couple of other workouts. It has caused me some concern but when I look at the big picture, I know that I trained very hard before these last 3 weeks. That's all that really matters. The work is done.