Excitement For Things To Come
|My much more colorful calendar (click for larger view)|
On July 8th I completed my first triathlon!! The Shawnee Mission Triathlon was AWESOME! It was a short course (500 meter swim, 9 mile bike, 2.4 mile run), but the sense of accomplishment was through the roof! It felt almost as good as completing my first marathon did. Coming across that finish line opened my eyes to how awesome multi-sport events can be. I had run a duathlon but didn't really enjoy it much, but this was a whole new world opening up right before my eyes. I started planning ('cause that's what I do) for bigger things. I'm now planning to run the Kansas 70.3 (half Ironman) next June and want to do a full Ironman in 2014. Lots of work to do both on swimming and cycling, but I'll enjoy the journey and enjoy watching myself improve. I'm now starting to swim & cycle more often than I was so I can have a good base built. I will have bout 15 weeks from RR100 to the Kansas 70.3 and I want to be ready for the training.
|The aid station I captained at Rock On! Lake Perry|
I expected a big & exciting year at the start, but as the year has gone on it's become even better than I imagined!! I've had fun expanding my horizons. This summer has been the hottest since 1980 (or so I've heard) and 1980 was the hottest since the Dust Bowl. That means this is the hottest Kansas summer since the Dust Bowl. That's made training for 50 and 100 milers tough and I've had lots of long runs that were way slower than I'd have liked or are cut short due to the heat, but in a summer like this it's important to be safe and take care of your health. That has had a bit of a negative impact on my confidence and training, but deep down I know I'm getting stronger through this and this will turn around and be awesome. The race on Saturday was definitely effected by the heat and humidity and that was a tough pill to swallow. That has NOT; however, deterred my determination to continue to grow, train, work hard, have fun and experience new things. I just want all of you that read my report to know that I'm feeling great and confident and having lots of fun!