Modifications, Motivations, and Adaptations

With my race two weeks away, today was supposed to be my last 50 mile bike ride before tapering. I decided to cut it down to 35 miles – I told my friend I would return his car by noon and it is about a 40 minute drive. Unless I started riding by 7:00 when the sun rose, it was going to be a tight schedule. I was grateful for his generosity, so I made a few adjustments. My ride was a very good one. Plenty of hills, plenty of sunshine, and I finished before it got really hot. I finished feeling energized. Anxiety it starting to bubble with only two weeks to go, but I have my training in. After my run tomorrow, I will have swam, cycled, and run farther in training than each leg of the race. Knowing this will come in handy during the race…

This will be my fourth half iron distance triathlon and third year in a row with Revolution 3. Despite my experience and training, I am preparing myself for the self doubt. During the swim in the past two races I distinctively remember thinking within the first 500 meters thinking I can’t do this – I was overwhelmed. Yesterday during my time trial I found myself questioning how I am going to get through this swim in two weeks. That is when I have to dig deep and remind myself all I have been through. Believe I will finish. The training has proved I am capable of completing this.

There is so much I am learning. Not just technique, but ways of motivating and encouraging myself. Adapting when my body tells me to rest. Modifying workouts when priorities take over. And my most recent and important lesson – only lock my car with the key fob in my hand.

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