I was awarded my brave badge today. After a good morning swim (2000m in 35:04!!!) I just couldn't bear being inside anymore. I think Tom would have opted for the trainer, but seeing as how it was 80 degrees with not a cloud in the sky, I wanted to get out on the bike. Big problem... winds were 22mph with gusts over 35mph. :) I'm used to crazy winds though... remember this race? Or what about every ride that I'm on where it seems to ALWAYS be at my face? What would a little wind do to me today?
HA! As if I had a clue! I've labeled my workout today "stupid fun". Stupid, because I could barely keep my bike upright and I believed my husband when he said that we would have a side wind the entire time (we did have a side wind most of the time... too bad I literally had to bike at a 45 degree angle lean into the wind to stay up). Stupid because I didn't eat enough before the ride and felt like my legs were encased in cement the entire ride. Fun because, well, I can't complain about being on my bike in a tank top and shorts the first week of April. Plus the wind makes me better (right? I'm not lying to myself am I?) Oh, and I got a double workout in because my abs and back are totally killing me from tightening them as I held on for dear life with the gusts!
So, might have been stupid, but it was fun and that's really all that matters. Plus I'll sleep well tonight which kind of cancels out the stupid part of it! :)
This weekend is our first half marathon. It's this great little race that we've done the last two years in Xenia Ohio. Last year I ran a 1:51 and I was hoping that by this time I'd be able to knock out a 1:49:xx, but I don't see that happening. I'm actually thinking that I'll be happy to run under maybe a 1:58:00. We'll see what happens. Maybe I'll surprise myself. I have a few more chances to hit my sub 1:50 goal this year so I'm not sweating it, but I know that as training gets harder and longer, the chances are more slim! Eh, we'll see what happens.
Oh, and a great thing happened to me this week. I've been cleaning up my diet a lot the last few weeks as my training has gotten progressively harder and longer. I'm down about 7 pounds and am just about where I was at Ironman Florida! I'm excited. I always put on weight after the Ironman and when the sun stops shining here in Columbus (for those of you that don't know, that's usually November - April/May). So with my Hawaii trip only 2 weeks away, I'm right at my goal weight for the trip. YAY! I have a new secret goal weight though for Ironman Louisville. It's all about the power to weight ratio! :)