Sunday, May 2, 2010

Now I'm The Annoying One

A long long time ago, in another life in Arizona, I was engaged to a triathlete. I remember him coming home from training days and I would ask, "How was your workout?" And every time, he would go on and on about how GREAT it was. Every. Time. That drove me nuts. (Note how supportive I was as a partner. And note that in the end I ended up married to a non-triathlete. That was not an accident. Anyway...)

I remember thinking, "How could anyone possibly have a great workout every time out? That's just not possible." It drove me nuts because I was not having stellar days every day. My stellar days seemed few and far between and random and unpredictable. (Note that this was in the days when all triathletes just winged it because coaches did not exist.)

I thought of that story about my ex because I got home from my long brick yesterday and Scott didn't even ask how it went. But I had to tell him anyway. "It was AWESOME!" I yelped. His reply? "Of course it was. You always have awesome workouts." And it occurred to me that I probably did sound like a broken record. Ok, it's not like every workout I do is actually awesome, but lately, the key ones, the ones that really matter, have been spot on.

So now it's me. I'm the annoying one who always has great workouts. Sorry if that's super irritating.

But can I go on? And tell you how I backed up that long brick with a long hilly run today and how it was just SUPER?!? Annoying. I know. I'm sorry. But it was just so great! I felt strong... not that I was crazy fast or anything, but definitely solid and came home with a negative split, knowing that if it mattered I could have thrown it down and really run hard there the last few miles. Nalani and I met up (accidentally- we just happened to be at the same place at the same time running in the same direction! Seriously. What a coincidence!) and we ran together through the beautiful Botanical Gardens and up an old mountain road that is unmaintained and it was *dumping* rain and you just couldn't wipe the smile off either of our faces. Ok. I'll stop now.

Anyway, tick tock. Honu is in 5 weeks. Less than that now. 5 weeks from right now it'll be over. It seems like we've been training for this race forever and I'm just so excited that it's finally getting close! Everyone I know is going to be there (all the cool kids are doing it!). Registration is still open in case any of you are looking for a crazy hot hard 70.3 to do in less than 5 weeks... But I digress. My point is, I can count the number of key workouts I have left on one hand. Most of the work has been done. Couple more good long training days, one tune-up Olympic Distance race, and a solid taper and then it's Game Time. Tick tock. Game Time.

15 comments:

Marit C-L said...

There's NOTHING wrong with having great workouts - repeatedly great workouts... When things are going great - ROLL with it :) Also...as for the non-triathlete-marriage thing. Yup yup and more yup. And it works great.

You will be SUPER for Honu! Yea!!

The Chapples said...

Nothing wrong with being "annoying," if that's what you want to call it! Jason hears the same from me lately. I am pumped for you - can't WAIT to see what happens at your races.

Rebecca DeWire said...

Sounds like your training is just amazing and going great! Can't wait to see how Honu goes, you are totally going to rock that course.

Running and living said...

I completely relate. The majority of my workouts are great! That's not annoying (I hope:)! You are going to do so well at Honu!

Mary IronMatron said...

Oh! So exciting about Hono. Clearly you are going to have an awesome race.
(And it's not annoying to have great workouts and to talk about them. I think it's only annoying when one can't stop talking about her bad workouts! I have this problem...)

Angela and David Kidd said...

I agree with the non-triathlete marriage. Sometimes I see the triathlete marriage and think that it must be nice that both people get excited to go races but then I realize there would be no one to watch Zach.

Look out Honu! You sound ready to rock!

Lizzie said...

Funny - my husband started 'really' working out again in January and now it annoys me when he comes home and talks about how great his workouts are!! It especially sucks when I have not been feeling it at all! But that's part of being patient, right? Can never learn enough of it! BTW, I am very proud of him :) Love running in the rain when it's warm!!

GoBigGreen said...

I bet Scott would FAR rather you came home glowing than the opposite..."THAT SUCKED!" really!!! Plus that is contagious for Moana!

I love that my hubby rides so we can do that together, and sometimes i wish he could run with me, but it seems to work...

Honu. WOOHOO! your work is pretty much done!

X-Country2 said...

I love reading about happy people! You're soooo ready to race.

endurancegirl said...

completely scared about the HOTness at Honu, but so excited at the same time! woohoo, good luck in the final push! see ya there!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

THe flip side of non triathlete relationships is the constant, why? why do you need to run today? WHy do you need to bike xx miles today? its almost a trade off.

Beth said...

Woo-hoo for great workouts!! :)

Molly said...

This made me laugh so much! It's definitely different being married to a non-triathlete! :-) I'm glad mine rides with me but it's soooo okay that he doesn't do the other stuff!

So glad things are going well for you lately!!!!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

What's awesome about having "great" workouts is that you know that all the time and training you've put into it has paid off! Woohoo for you!

Regina said...

Great stuff! And yes, very annoying. ;) I can't wait to see/hear how your race goes, I am sure you will kick some serious Honu ass (Moana doesn't read this, right?)

So close I can almost taste it and it tastes like Victory!