The Start Of The Lasts

Today starts the “lasts” before my race. This morning was my last pool swim workout before the race. I will get some open water swimming in on Saturday when I get up to the race area. But my last pool lap workout was today. I swam 1,000 meters easy. Nothing hard, yet my pace was good – I maintained a 2:03 pace per 100 meters. I didn’t get as much sleep as I should have last night and I felt it this morning too. Actually all through the day…

When I got home I decided to take a nap before my last cycle workout. By the time I woke up I was still feeling foggy and it was getting dark so I road for a half hour on my stationary in my basement. It felt good to get some spinning in without much tension. Little did I know that Monday was my last road ride before the race. Tomorrow evening I will get my bike set up with my racing wheels, clean and lube the chain, and clean the bike too. By the way, I found a great bike cleaner from White Lightening that I read about here on All Seasons Cyclist’s blog. Definitely a good product.

I don’t know why I get melancholy about the last workouts before a big race. I think part of it has to do with the finality of it all. I have spent eight months swimming over 347,000 meters (216 miles), running 658 miles, and cycling 1,050 miles. I will continue to swim through the end of the year and hopefully get at least one ride a week in while the weather cooperates. But only running will be the sport I continue to race in through the end of the year. I feel as if a dear friend is moving away. The training I will do in swimming and cycling won’t feel the same without a race, just like talking on the phone doesn’t replace time spent with a friend. But I still have 70.3 miles of racing to do before my “friend” leaves, so I will enjoy the moments I have left and begin the anticipation for triathlon’s return in the late spring next year.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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