Well, the week is drawing to a close and my schedule has once again had to remain flexible in terms of my training. I am not a professional athlete, working out is not my job, sadly. So when life calls, that’s that. But overall things are progressing right along and I should no doubt end my final build week on a high note.
I think the biggest issue I’m facing right now is my own mind. I’m starting to come to terms with the fact that I’m at the end of my training and what I’ve put in up until this point is basically all I get. The work I’ve done the last 14 weeks is all I have to carry my from start to finish at Syracuse in a couple of short weeks from now. And I know, trust your training, blahblahblah. I trust it, but that doesn’t mean I won’t question it.
And all my training will culminate Sunday when I go out and ride the Syracuse bike course. That will be my last long ride, last long workout, and my only shot at getting to ride the bike course in advance. Knowing what I’m up against after this weekend should help calm my mind. Also, getting my booty into open water today should also be a huge help. I need to know all the hard work I’ve put in in the pool over the last however many months is finally paying off. Plus, ya know, sighting and murky water and waves and chop and other people and trying out my new wet suit and all those skills that are needed for open water swimming. Those too.
Plus there are three other women from my triathlon FB group doing Syracuse too and we’ve made a date meet up the day before the race to do a short test swim, drive the bike course, and walk the monster hill that forces even the most elite athletes to walk. So I’m really hoping that I will be going into IMCuse with some confidence and knowing what I’m facing.