So meanwhile back here at the ranch/reality back in in New Mexico, yes the pollen is here still and I have been miserable. Back to nasal inhalers and steroid inhalers to fight the ever looming asthma issues related to potential bugs that lurk around during allergy season. I am ever cognizant that last year at this time I was recovering from Pneumonia. If you would have told me back then that yes, I would win my AG at IM Melbourne and qualify for the Kona Worlds last May, I would have said I could care less. I remember just feeling like it was a struggle to get across the house breathing, much less accomplishing an IM. I can't even wrap my head around the fact that was only a year ago. Thinking back on how sick I was, I feel extremely fortunate to have my health and do NOT take it for granted AT ALL! So inhalers are a good thing..
As for training, I back with my Australian Coach BFF, Michael who is starting me out slowly from his end of the world towards my goal in October. He, as well as I do not want me to become burned out mentally and physically during the coming months. I think Michael is a very wise young guy to understand the challenges of being an "older athlete" and all..So my humble beginnings of Ironman training seem easy at the moment but I know that will change soon enough. I want to get back to being coached because I want to have the structure and encouragement, albeit minimum for the time being. I like being held accountable, if even in my own mind, it puts me on the path of health and feeling like an athlete again. Someday I really will just be a "normal retired person" but while I am physically able, I will stick to being a triathlete legend in my own mind..:)
My bike is in the shop..again! I have had it in several times since I have been home. I think after so many debacles in Australia in training and racing, it may be time to start replacing parts. The clattering noise in certain gears, although much less is still there. I feel like at this point I may scream the next time I hear noises coming from my bike while riding. I told my LBS guy as much, he is sick of me I am sure as I am in there almost weekly whining..I trust he will figure it out though.
All for now. We are in Chama for a couple of days and it is so quiet here and peaceful. I ran for an hour today and it felt like one of those "GI challenged"days and I just didn't have it. Me...an Ironman? Yea right, time to get back to being retired for today. A new day dawns tomorrow and a new training session!