You know what I love about Ironman? It's not the race. Seriously, it's really not about the race for me.
No, I love the training. I really do. And I love how fit the training makes me feel.
I love it when I can go out and have a good solid long training day and not even feel tired afterward. Nap? Not needed.
I love it when riding for 95 miles doesn't feel long.
I love it when a steady 25 mph headwind on the bike doesn't phase me.
I love it that 2 hours is just a moderately long run.
I love it when I think I'm just swimming easy and slow but my training partners are red faced and panting and say, "That was not slow."
I understand that this awesome fit feeling cannot be maintained all year long. That's so sad. But I understand. So I'm trying not to take this time for granted. I am making conscious efforts to soak it all in- all this awesome fitness- because at some point in the future I'll very likely be (once again) carrying an extra 20-30 pounds in the form of an unborn baby and feeling like a Fat HOUSE with swollen ankles and it is at that time that I was be so completely nostalgic for this SuperFit feeling I've got right now...
So for the next 7 weeks, I'm gonna enjoy the heck out of this Ironman Training.