Well, here goes....
There won't be much time for blogging or commenting this week--so it's not because I'm ignoring, but it's because I can't.
I made it through last week. I will make it through this week. The fact that the heat index is at a record-high is a good thing. When I thought about it, I realized I rode the Wisconsin course in high heat, completed a half-iron in record heat, and this weekend did a long run, a century, and a run-off in high heat. Today I will do a 2:30 bike in high heat. Tomorrow I will do hill repeats in high heat.
The heat isn't scaring me as much.
After the past month, the hills aren't either.
It's not fun. I'm not the best by far. But I can do it, and I am doing it. And I will do it again this week.
So I am ready for September 10th, 2006 to be over 90 degrees with high humidity. I have planned for it to be that way and I am assuming it will. And if it's not, then I will be pleasantly surprised.
My bike is fixed up, I have a new bike computer, and my HR monitor should be ready to go here soon.
This week's plan is longer than the 17 hours I put in last week. But I just feel sort of calm and relaxed about it. It just has to be done, and it will.
This Friday-Sunday looks similar to last week, except everything will be just a little bit longer. Swim: 4500 yards. Long run: around 18 miles. Bike: At least 100--maybe a little bit more depending on how I feel and what I get done in the time. It will be done on hills. It will be done without crowds, or much traffic--but this time with a friend and fellow IM MOO'er, IronJohnny, and not alone, which will be nice. It will be done without running out of fluids.
I don't know if it will be done without bike trouble. It should be, but if it's not, I'm ready.
I can't believe how good I felt on the run after the century. That helped me mentally a lot.
So, I've put off my long ride today long enough. It's now 4:15pm and I really need to get out there. I think it's hot enough, but not too hot that I can't do it.
So I will.