Saturday, March 15, 2008

Ahhhh, it's all coming back to me now..

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)..

6 comments:

WADDLER26.2 said...

Great analogy about the ironman. I am glad you did not get hit.

skoshi said...

Good rule: To always be careful when a car is turning across your path...
When I was hit--I was broadsided by a car turning left. I thought there was no way she couldn't see me, but she didn't--the sun was across her windshield and she was blinded, but kept on driving--like so many of us do.

How EXCITING, a new bike. Give us some eye-candy and post a picture when it's ready :)

S. Baboo said...

A new bike?! Can’t wait to see it!

Ok, so here is my trick for IM training…never turn back once you are trained up for one, just keep going and going and going…it’s WAY to hard to actually keep training up for an IM :-)

Bones said...

Only 5 weeks in and already the laundry is piling up? You are going to have to hire a service for your big build weeks :)

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

yay for your new bike!!

I assume the following - the car either can't seem me or wants to kill me

think like that and you should stay fairly safe. ;)

Vickie said...

Is that why I don't want to commit to an IM? Because I already have 4 kids? Well I have to add to that 45-50 hour work weeks, so I just don't see where the time would come from if I want to eat and sleep. You're doing great. I think you will do pretty good. And as for cars knowing the rules, I learned the hard way that even if the cars knew the rules, the people driving them do not. Be careful!