I looked in Training Peaks to find that this coming Saturday is my last scheduled 100 mile ride before Ironman Lake Placid. Last peak ride in the final build cycle before taper. Truthfully, I'm a bit sad. I've enjoyed Ironman training this time around more than I ever have before. Part of it stems from feeling more focused and grounded during the training - since the end of March when things began to get serious, starting with triathlon camp, I've had tunnel vision when it's come to training and fit in the rest of my life around it. This has meant alot of early mornings, alot of Friday nights and Saturday nights at home and in bed at a reasonable hour, and I don't remember the last time I went to a happy hour. Probably sometime in April and I probably just drank water. Another reason I've loved the training so much has been because I've met so many great training partners through it. I've ridden Skyline and SkyMass a bunch of times this year, always with fantastic people who keep the ride light with a sense of humor and challenge me to work hard.
So, the plan for this weekend: Mindy and I are going to climb the hills of Skyline once more. We are going to work hard and suffer so we'll be ready to do the same thing in less than 4 weeks (!!!!!!) at Ironman Lake Placid. I can't believe it's almost here. BEYOND EXCITED!!!!