B.Strong70.3 – 55 Days Out… But who’s counting?

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Outside of Hoffman Hall

Outside of Hoffman Hall

I actually looked at a calendar this morning and counted the days until my 70.3.  55 Days Out. Whew! And so much to learn.  I still haven’t swam in a wetsuit (except if you count the small stint I did at Platteville pool a few weeks back-that lasted about 5 minutes). I still have never swam in Open Water.  I have yet to learn how to change a bike tire.  I don’t even know what I’m going to wear and I haven’t figured out Race Day nutrition. BUT…this week I am going to do a practice Open Water Swim with one of my best friends from college who actually completed a full Iron Man last September.  Right now the weather is looking rather chilly, so I’m hoping it’ll still pan out.  If not, looks like my first Open Water Swim could be the day of my first ever Open Water Sprint Triathlon in Lake Mills. That ought to be interesting.  The weather is proving to be really tricky, so I’ve spent a lot of time on the bike trainer and on a treadmill. Not the most fun to train, but you have to get the miles in.

Verona Natatorium

Verona Natatorium

Swimming has been interesting.  UW-Platteville closed for a month.  So last week Deanna and I made a trek out to Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien.  It’s housed next to a prison and the building itself is kind of creepy.  But the pool was wonderful!!  Only to find out this week is the last week we can swim there,  because they are closing their indoor pool in anticipation for the outdoor pool to open.  So, when I was in Stoughton for a birthday party on Saturday, I headed to Verona Natatorium to swim.  Beautiful pool! Great facility! And for only $3!!  Swimming has been the most inconvenient of my training, but I have proven to myself that when you commit to something, you can always find a way to get it done.  It’s that or never make it out of the lake to complete in the other two legs of the race!

I went to Endurance House in Middleton on Saturday as well, and really got an education in what I need to think about for my tri. Who knew I needed a “race belt”. I tried on some Tri Suits and reserved my wetsuit for my sprint tri. Being in the wetsuit brought back the uneasiness I had when I tried to swim in it in the pool. I’m hoping this sprint tri will give me confidence vs. freaking me out!

As summer grows closer, I am met with mixed emotions.  I know I will have more time to train, which excites me! I also know I’ll be gone to Florida for a week and that scares me.  I know I won’t have the access to a bike, the pools are more fit for recreational swimming and trying to find a place to run in an unknown environment will be tricky.  I also know this is the one and only time our family will go to Disney and I don’t want to spend time away from the boys during this trip.  So I may get all my long runs/bikes and swims in just before we leave and make sure to do another set of those when we return and allow myself to just enjoy my vacation.  🙂 Life is short.  You have to take the time to make those memories, because someday, that is all you will have.

Until then, I’ll continue to bust my butt.  My trainer actually pushed me to my breaking point last week.  It was the second time I’ve cried during this training.  I was so disappointed in myself that I couldn’t finish the workout the way I thought I should be able to.  But, some workouts are like that. You have to suck it up and keep going.  Hopefully this week will be better!

Somebody HelpedI’m going to leave you with this quote I saw.  I cannot begin to thank all the people who have helped me along the way so far.  People I didn’t know, friends who have helped me train, words of wisdom that have kept me going, people who have watched the boys on those days I had to train and Shane was gone.  I’m thankful to Mary and Brent Sheckler and HerSuppz for sponsoring me in this.   I’m so grateful and thankful for those people and when I cross the finish line on July 19th, you’ll be the first people I look for/talk to!