Time is just flying by as Ironman Arizona gets closer each day. I don’t really have much to comment on except that training is going well. The hardest part is that the weather really hasn’t been cooperating all that much. The wind gusts of up to 50mph were enough to keep me from my scheduled long ride last Sunday. It seemed the smart thing to do to cancel the ride, but the guilt that forced upon me had me questioning my decision for days. I was still laying in bed around 7:15am wondering what I was going to do with myself all day. It made me wonder what the heck I did with my weekends before I started all this triathlon business.
Training for such a late season Ironman is not fun. Most of my training buddies have long since called the season a wrap. Not many people want to do a nice 20 mile run just for fun. Can’t say I blame them. If I was finished with my racing for the year, I would be doing the same thing as them! On a positive note, the time change this weekend will help with the next couple weeks of workouts. And then it’s time to taper so the need to start at the crack of dawn isn’t there any more.
This is normally the time of year to start thinking about the schedule for next year. And while I have my “main” races targeted, I’m sure I’ll be playing around with what works and what doesn’t for 2009 in terms of races. One thing for sure is that the season has, once again, begun to feel like it’s never-ending for me. I tend to fall into the trap of starting early, like everyone else, because I’m anxious to take advantage of the small window it seems triathlons are locked into. But most others seem to finish around the end of August. While my training volume has been pretty large the last couple of weeks, I am hearing rumblings of people who feel they’ve “lost it” from the summer and are now ready to start training again!!
So just a little over 3 more weeks to go. I’m sure it will just fly by and I’ll have to keep reminding myself to back it down. I’m looking forward to a little desert heat!