This morning I made it outside for a twenty minute run before breakfast. It was so invigorating. The ground was damp from the rain over night, but the skies had cleared and the temperature was just under 60 degrees. Perfect for a quick easy run – my last run before the half marathon on Saturday. After breakfast I loaded up my car and headed out – to Syracuse, NY…
The drive to Syracuse from my home is just over six hours, but from the resort it was about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Since I was relatively close, I decided to make the drive up to Jamesville Beach Park, the venue for Ironman 70.3 Syracuse on June 23, 2013. Literally ever since I woke up from my nap the afternoon of my Rev3 half iron distance triathlon I have been looking for my next 70.3 triathlon. I was so disappointed with how the bike and run went that I have been looking for a sort of retribution. I know I have the ability to have done much better if it weren’t for the digestive issues. When I found the Syracuse race I wanted to study the bike course before committing to the race. The elevation charts show the first 11.5 miles climbing 1,100 feet. If I am able to conquer that, the next 44.5 miles are pretty darn close to down hill.
So after I arrived at the park today, I took a few pictures of the reservoir where the 1.2 mile swim is held, set up my video camera on a suction mount in my car and took a 56 mile drive. After seeing (and filming) the course, I know I can do this. Yes, there were several steep hills, but not nearly as sever as I had imagined. I live in a very hilly area and the hills I ride are as steep if not steeper. My task now in training is to get stronger on the hills. The race is nine months away, I plan on adding a spin class once a week now and after the marathon in December I will go into full triathlon training – with six months to prepare. The scenery for the ride is absolutely beautiful. I am sure it will be lovely in June, but the leaves today were not quite peaking for their autumn displace. The colors were vibrant and the sun was shining. All the more motivation to come back in June and ride the country roads.
I made it back home this evening after an uneventful drive home. The New York throughway on I90 is not anywhere as scenic as the drive on I80 through Pennsylvania, but there was less construction and traffic. A long day with most of it spent driving, but a good day. I am excited about my race this weekend, my marathon training is in full gear, and now I have a goal to train for through the winter and in to spring. Always something… I spent the time driving in thought processing my vacation and the wonderful rest I was able to get, organized my thoughts for the coming weekend, and considered all I have planned for October. The month will be changing once again, as well as the quarter ending. The adage “where does the time go?” is such a good question. But today I covered a lot of ground, literally – running and driving – and taking in the beauty of the day. Now I am about to go to sleep and my dogs are lounging on my bed. All is back to normal and things feel right. Yet another day for which to be grateful.