Just a couple random thoughts..
I posted my race schedule as a sidebar of this blog. Looks a little menacing with them all listed out like that! It's obviously not final. My coach has the ability to veto anything on there (except for the races I've already registered for HA).
I passed up a mountain bike ride today. I am a truly horrific mountain biker. I cannot ride anything technical at all (AKA steer), I cannot climb steep hills without falling over, and I can't go down hills with turns without crashing. All this aside, I STILL love to mountain bike. I love riding in the woods and through the mud. It is so fun and I feel so freaking hardcore when I go! Also it's an awesome workout. But I didn't go because I had to lift and swim and I really don't think it's a good idea to do something where there's a very good likelihood of me breaking my leg.
I have a 4 hr ride this Saturday and I REALLY want to nail it! I was originally going to ride the Syracuse 70.3 course (plus a little extra) but the weather is not looking so good (40s and rainy) so I will stay close to home this time. I'm heading outside but that way if I get too cold/wet/miserable I can head inside and finish it up on the trainer. I'm really looking to have a good 4 hr ride where I follow my nutrition protocol, don't bonk, don't have saddle issues, and at least stay somewhere near my HR Zone 2. I am gunning for this ride. Sucks that the weather isn't going to cooperate but hey - the weather doesn't always cooperate on race day either!
Mary told me in my podcast last week that I am super fun to coach because I always stay positive regardless of what happens. This makes me very happy because I don't always view myself as a super positive, happy-go-lucky kind of person. I'm more cynical about life in general and usually lean towards the pessimistic side of things. Maybe this is just how I deal with my personal life - who knows. What I do know is that I have never been more excited in my life to do something (Ironman Lake Placid and basically this entire season) and maybe that is what is making me so happy! :)
Also - new people are commenting on my blog! This excites me! So a big HELLO to everyone who I don't know!