I'm not in great shape. Heck, I'm not even in good shape, however, I am in better shape than I was a year ago going into this race. (This only took some consistency and discipline.) In several ways, I've closed the gap back to good fitness.
- Down 23 pounds (good start)
- Power up a little in watts (+ weight loss means my sustained w/kg is much better)
- Swimming consistently again, I'm almost competitive as a swimmer again (I would have been if I would have gotten my Masters State Swimming paperwork done a week earlier anyway.) After swimming in college, competitive swimming certainly lost some luster. I need to swim with FUN people who don't take themselves too seriously while they are swimming VERY HARD. If I do go back to "meets" then I'm going back with a vengeance. Nothing less will be acceptable. I've set my sights on a high goal for my open water swimming. It will be fun to see if I can do it and not experience a complete meltdown on the bike and run
- Speaking of running- its coming along. I'm working with a running coach for the first time since high school and I'm understanding how weak I had become. Can't go back and change things, so let us move forward. My big running goal comes in my last race of the year
- Heat - I'm sitting in my home office with the space heater cranked... all day. It is 90 F in here from 8am to 8pm as I write out workout plans and talk to clients. Will it help in Florida? Maybe, maybe not. I'll say this, 50 F doesn't feel very warm to me anymore as it did two weeks ago
So what's left?
Plenty! This is why I love triathlon. As an athlete I have to balance many things: diet, sleep/recovery, strength, endurance (in three sports). It isn't showing up to the pool over and over for a beating. Physically - I still have much to improve. I'm a much better athlete than I have shown. The haters will be out and commenting on that for sure. The important thing is that I completely understand and apply what an old pro told me about competition; "It's you against the clock. Everyone else can go to hell." In a more emotionally intelligent answer I would rephrase it to, "The only performance that matters is the one you are putting in." As a Type A personality (or a person with Type A aspects of their personality) I think it is important to understand what you can control and what you cannot.
How will I do in Florida?
God only knows! I feel better prepared than the last several years. I have no pressure on me; not trying to qualify for anything or do a certain time. I just want to race. That's all. Just go out and see what I can do right now.
I like much of my preparation this year. That's more than I can say for the last six years.