June? Wait, what? Boy how time flies when you are having fun, and training for an Ironman.
I seriously can’t believe we are through the better part of June already. Summer is in full swing at our house, with no school, family activities, work and training.
Training is going very well, but with the increased activities of summer, it has been a juggling act. I have not been able to train with the group at Madison Multisport nearly enough due to schedule conflicts, but Coach Cindi has kept me on track with a great training plan. Workouts now need to be juggled a bit more with Finley home from school for the summer, and for this I am so thankful that I am able to train inside with my treadmill and bike trainer when necessary.
I completed my first tri of the season on May 17th with the Ironman 70.3 in Chattanooga, TN. What a great race! This was their inaugural 70.3, and it was very well organized, and a great course. We swam in the Tennessee River, biked into rural Georgia and through Chickamauga, and ran through the scenic Chattanooga downtown district. Greg and Finley also made the trip, and I had an unexpected cheering crew on hand when my brother, sister in law and their kids made the trip to surprise me! I honestly had no idea that they had been planning it for months and it was awesome to be able to spend the long weekend for them, and have fans on the race route.
After returning from Tennessee, Finley raced the following two weekends, in the Tri 4 Schools Kids’ Run at the Madison Marathon, and the Mud Run in Verona. I love being able to watch her participate and am so proud of her for giving it her all.
Now I must confess that a couple of weekends ago, I had quite the “first” for a race. For the first time, I overslept and missed a race! I was so excited to participate in the Lake Mills Sprint Tri, and dutifully packed my car the night before and set my alarm for bright and early. Believing I hit the snooze, when in reality I turned the alarm off, led me to wake up 45 minutes before the race start. I quickly did the math, and knew there wasn’t any way I could make it on time. What a bummer! I will definitely be setting two alarms before Ironman Wisconsin.
My next race on the schedule is the Dances with Dirt 50K at Devil’s Lake in July. It is a crazy trail race, and one I have done every year since it started. This year I am running it with Tri 4 Schools board member Krista Ledbetter, and looking forward to a day out on the trails filled with heat, humidity, bugs, swamps and bluffs to climb. What more could you ask for?