Gulp. Can I make it through these next 3 weeks? If I can, I will be more than ready for Ironman Canada. I can't believe it's less than 2 months away. I thought it might be challenging to find the same amount of enthusiasm and motivation the 2nd time around but I was wrong. If anything, I've been more disciplined and more excited. My body is stronger than last year, and I can handle larger training volumes. My training plan has more intense (and hillier) workouts. I've been able to eat healthier and do more weights and Yoga. I need less sleep and less recovery. It will be interesting to see how race day pans out.
I don't know why I'm more excited. I think it's a spiral effect. Every time I think I can't do something, I go out and do it, and impress myself. Nothing is impossible. I didn't think I'd be able to improve, to get faster, to handle larger volumes...but I proved myself wrong. My training is hard enough to scare me. My long workouts on the weekend give me semi-anxiety attacks beforehand. I can't possibly finish this. And then, amazingly, somehow, I do. 80-mile rides up Palomar in 93-degree-heat. 14-mile hot runs in Penasquitos Canyon. Then 100-mile hilly rides in 90-degree heat. And 17-mile runs in Black Mountain Park. And 2.5 mile ocean swims. How did I do that? I'm not sure. But it feels wonderful. The incredible sense of accomplishment at the end of the day, after crossing that finish line. That superhuman feeling that, yes, little ole' me, I can do ANYTHING. That's why I do this.
These next 3 weeks will be the toughest. The most exhausting. They will push me to the breaking point. But they will also be the most rewarding. And the most important in preparing me for race day.