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.