Most people probably think that's a little weird, why would I like uncertainty? Wouldn't I rather be certain that things will happen? I guess I like the mystery in life, sure sometimes I am disappointed that things don't work out the way I want them to but then I try even harder to make it happen next time.
Further, faster, both at the same time. More swim/bike/run. I want it all, and sometimes I can't have it all but I'm trying my damnedest to make sure that I get most of what I want.
This Saturday, we are racing our first triathlon of the season. Our first triathlon since the Rochester Sprint Triathlon last August (damn Western New York and its polar vortex tundra) and am I ready? I hope so, but you just never know.
I like my cheesy smile, thank you
I've put in countless hours (alright, fine, I count them) of training, thousands of miles so far in these past 12 weeks of Ironman training (approximately 1,500 miles) and for the most part I have felt strong.
On Saturday at 7:30am I hope to swim 1 mile, bike 84 miles and run 15 miles in order to finish a race that I found years ago, and finally get to race.
There's always that uncertainty, though. Will the water be too cold or rough for the swim, turning the 1 mile swim into a 1 mile trail run? Should I have biked further than the race distance (80.11 miles is my current PDR)? Should we have done more long distance bike/run bricks?
While this is a training race (to gauge where we are at in terms of Ironman-preparedness), I am not going to go easy. I have a goal of finishing under 8.5 hours, which would be faster (pace-wise) than my 70.3 finishing time. Like I said, I feel stronger physically (50 miles on a bike feels, almost, like nothing now) and mentally (I don't complain, that much, on long runs anymore).
Rob, me and Mike after a 12 mile trail run (well, Rob ran more)
Luckily, I get to have these two with me on race day. Knowing Mike is out there on the course kicking ass always makes me work harder and having my best friend there to cheer me on will give me a boost when I am feeling tired, sore or just plain not feeling like moving anymore.
But I will. I will keep moving until I cross that finish line. That's one thing I am certain about.