Since today is a rest day and I was flying back from Wisconsin, I had some time to reflect on the events of this past week. My training log tracks Sunday to Saturday and the week I just finished was my biggest training week ever. Here is a look at my totals:
Swim: 11,440.2 yards; 3:43:15
Bike: 221.93 miles; 14:22:48
Run: 30.33 miles; 4:31:02
Total time: 22:37:05
I’m incredibly proud of what I accomplished, but it goes so much beyond just the numbers. I re-discovered the joy of biking and no longer see it as a survival sport. I experimented with race day strategies, nutrition and clothing options and feel I am on track to getting everything just right. I pushed my body hard, endured a lot of pain and exhaustion, trained in some unfavorable conditions and still felt I could do more each morning when I woke up. I got to train with friends also doing IMWI and sharing the same goals as me. And I got to invite my family into my triathlon life for a brief time, letting them see what it is that I do and perhaps making it all a bit clearer to them.
I slept a solid eight hours last night and have been in some form of compression wear since finishing yesterday’s big workout. Aside from a bit of stiffness, my legs feel great and I’m moderately tired, which I think is to be expected. I got to ride my bike 10 minutes today over to the bike shop to have it packed up and even then, for that tiny amount of time, I enjoyed being on it. I rode on the Lake Monona path on a beautiful, perfect morning and felt really at peace with where I am and what I have yet to do before the race.