|Protein and Sunshine|
A year ago over July 4th weekend, I had hit the bottom stores of my iron reserve within my body and didn't know what in the heck was going on. Ironman Texas had been a complete bust and I had had no idea why I had raced so poorly. Then I remember going to to masters on the 4th and swimming two lanes down (10 seconds/100 slower as a base than my usual) and not even being able to lead the lane. I was advised to not do Vineman and to let the iron continue to come back up. I got it tested the week of Vineman and consulted with a Dr that if I raced, it wasn't going to plummet my stores, but that a participation in the race was more advisable than a RACE. Duly noted. And that's exactly what I did...I don't think my body was capable of much more than that. I was so glad to just be able to race and ever since then, with continued supplementation of Iron, my levels have returned to normal.
|How you look when you have energy!|
So this past weekend, on the 4th, I went to masters and swam in the sunshine and remembered that "wow, it's been a year since the poo hit the fan". THANK BUDDAH that I'm not in that place any more. If nothing else, I will have the period of time from after Los Cabos this year, through now as a better training block than LY since I am healthier. And who knows how long it took to really return to proper training after Vineman last year. So that makes me feel good about the build leading up to Kona that is just underway.
|What I dream about...|
So this Sunday, it's time to shake out the cobwebs. I haven't raced since Ironman Los Cabos...I was supposed to race Escape From Alcatraz, but my heart wasn't in it and jumping off of a boat into freezing water had zero appeal, so I decided to save the hunger for another day. I think that my true passion lies in racing LONG distance and that Ironman is where I have the most fun. The other races are tougher for me to get excited for, as my most favorite part of the year is October in Hawaii. That's the race that finds me in my dreams year round.
Bon Courage to all of those racing this weekend!