It's a little hard to believe...but Ironman training has returned. Training started innocently enough on Friday evening with a post-IMFL victory party hosted by Leigh. The Florida '07 gang caught up on what we'd been doing (getting tattoos, resting, drinking wine - the usual stuff). For pictures (because I still don't know what I'm doing), check out DB's excellent blog. The wine was definitely flowing. In fact, I did notice that IMFLers Cyndi and Deanna B were not at indoor cycling the next morning. :) No worries, ladies - we have many more Saturdays of yumminess ahead.
On Saturday, it was a bit of a shock to the system to have to get up early again on a Saturday. How quickly the body forgets what it has been doing for the last 11 months! After a 3 minute drive to Marmarc, we arrived at a nearly empty cycling space. Ed was there, of course. He was putting the finishing touches on the musical selection. We set our bikes up in the "back row." The rest of the indoor cycling crew soon arrived (with an uncharacteristically late arrival by the Browns). It's a good thing we all enjoy one another's company as our bikes were nestled in tightly. Our first day back in training was mainly about reviewing good peddle technique - as well as many drills to develop leg strength. I'm happy to report that I wasn't nearly as tired after the first class as I had been last year. For you newbies, you'll learn to love indoor cycling, I promise.
After a fairly quick change into running gear, I headed off with Coaches Blake & Mark, Rick, Jeff and Lynn for a 12-mile run. We ran over to Riverside Drive to get some hills in. It didn't take long for me to realize how I had misjudged the temperature. It was cold & windy. I was definitely underdressed as evidenced by my bright pink legs. Lovely.
Even though it was early & cold, I realized how much I love this crazy Ironman lifestyle. While the training can be incredibly challenging (and at times, very inconvenient), there is nothing like challenging yourself. Or as Som once quoted to us, "Ironman: ordinary people doing extraordinary things." Frankly, I don't think any of my training partners or coaches are ordinary. You are all a little crazy - thank goodness!
p.s. Ironman Brazil isn't full yet.....