The long stuff that I have been doing has been hard. I'm not surprised that its hard. I remember that first 14 mile run vividly. I just didn't expect "hard" to come so soon. There are these humps that have to be gotten over, at 65 miles on the bike, and 9 miles on the run. The humps have left me wondering, how will I ever go the distance.
This, in turn, has left me pondering the training for my last Ironman. Have I already forgotten the sweat, toil, and tears that went into that event? Have I forgotten the magnitude of the event? Am I taking all this for granted?
In retrospect, I can still see myself riding the wave of euphoria each and every day in my training. I mean, I did 6(!) 100 mile bike rides in preparation for Ironman Florida. The newness of Ironman and Ironman training carried me through the day. I think a lot of the aspects of that amazing day, and the training it took to get there, is still settling in, and in many ways, this second Ironman is part of the process. I view this as the true test of the Ironman spirit.
You can ride the endorphin high through your longest event the first time, and you will indeed be a marathoner/Ironman/ultra(wo)man, and nobody will ever be able to take that away from you. However, if you want to test your mettle, go back and do it again, knowing what you know now. It's a whole nutha kind of test.
I read something interesting in this month's issue of Triathlete Magazine that rang so true with me. I'm looking at this Ironman as a last hurrah for a while. Next year is going to be a serzly toned down year for me. Amanda Lovato said that to her, the most important thing is keeping it fun. That's something I can understand.
OK! Enough! It's time for the Great Monkey Butt giveaway! We'll do the multi- entry dealio. If you comment on this post, you get one entry. If you post it on Facebook, two. If you put it on your blog, three, and if you tweet it, four. I'll take your word for it that you are and will do each of these things. I do not plan to check up on you! I will be giving away some regular and the femme version of Anti-Monkey Butt Powder to two of my readers. How about we do the drawing this weekend (Sunday!).
Annnnnd, if you want a chance at a Garmin 310XT, DC Rainmaker is giving one away at his blog! Head on over and get your entry in!
Let's have a great week, y'all!