You know doing an Ironman is kind of like having a baby. You do this thing, it is the hardest thing you have ever done, you swear you will never do it again. Then over the years you have selective memory about the training, the race itself and you start to think "Now that wasn't so bad". Today, as I started my bike ride in what felt like 20 degrees, the wind blowing, legs hurting from yesterday-I remembered the pain. Oh yea-this is what training for Ironman feels like. And I am only 5 official weeks into it! Oh well, the deed is done, there is no backing out now. I did finish my 3 and 1/2 hr. bike ride in my Max Aerobic HR zone for the most part. It was mighty slow going out there with the wind only at our backs half the time, the rest of the ride felt like I was in a tornado. I came this close to getting hit by a car. This older man in his old beat up sedan that reminded me of my grandparents car 35 years ago was turning left. I had the right of way and I guess he didn't think me and my bike were such an obstacle because just as I crossed the street, he turned and stopped right before hitting me. I really, really, really wanted to flip him off but in that split second I decided to take the high road and just yelled-really loud-"what the hell?" Oh well, just goes to show you that you ALWAYS have to assume they are going to turn left in front of you. Now I know this but for some silly reason, I thought this car would know the rules. Nooooo-always assume they are going to not see you-Rule #1. I came away unscathed thank goodness-my angels were watching over me I guess..
I am wiped out! The laundry continues to pile up, the dishes are not done and I have somehow convinced myself that Ironman training is a job and I deserve to chill the rest of the afternoon.
The best news-I got my new bike!!! It is in it's shipping box, waiting to be put together, which will be done on Monday. Tuesday I am off to Denver for a few days. I get to meet my coach Luis in Boulder sometime next week for a bike fitting. I can't wait! Maybe Tramway will be easier on my new bike (dream, dream, dream-I feel a song coming on)..