Awesome day! Today was by far one of my best and most challenging training days. It’s been tough getting any long rides in outside so I took full advantage of the 55 degree weather today. The highlight of today’s ride was the insane hills and of course riding with Kara and Chris. Kara is such an incredible friend. She and Chris have taught me a lot plus Kara makes a killer BLT sandwich post-ride.
Incase you missed this post I just recently found out that Ironman Los Cabos is mostly hills. Yikes! I know you’re asking how I did not know this but that’s another story. So, um, yeah…keeping up through the hills in order to make cutoff is going to be cutting it tight for me…especially in a race where last year the do not finish rate seemed pretty high. I’ve actually had random Ironman people who I’ve never met ask me why I picked this race. Isn’t the weather, scenery, and Spanish language enough reason? I’ve accepted the fact it’s quite possible I may not cross the finish line of my first Ironman but since the majority of training has been incredibly mental, I realize that the mind is capable of almost anything. I still plan to give this race my all and no matter what I’ll be happy I took on the challenge. Kara is confident I will do it.
Kara is the one that got me out there today and finally rode hills with me. Whoa! The reward for climbing the steep hills was of course going downhill of course. I’ve never gone so fast downhill and some funny things kept going through my mind as we rode downhill. Seriously…I felt a little nervous and noticed that I held my breath. We were greeted by some pretty spectators (the horses) at the top of one hill.
I considered stopping on each huge hill but told myself to envision riding in Los Cabos. That helped me up each and every hill (slowly) without stopping. Plus Kara turning around and cheering for me “Come on, you’re doing great!” We can turn weakness into strength while allowing discomfort to appear and then fade away. Days like today make me realize my progress. It’s easy to let your mind wander on a long ride but I tried to “feel” the race. The only problem? If I were in the race I’d have to do today’s ride X3! Wow. Anything’s possible.
If you break it down, most things we really want to achieve are possible. Ironman is no different. There will be many peaks and valleys along the 140.6 mile course, it just comes down to how my mind and body are able to respond. Thanks, Kara, for teaching me so much today.