Spring has always symbolized new beginnings for me. With the start of daylight savings, I already feel more enthusiastic, motivated, energetic, and positive. I've been working out a lot more. My body is quickly getting back into shape, and I finally lost the final 3 pounds needed to reach race weight. Now I just need to put on muscle...
I'm signed up for the Superseal Olympic Triathlon this weekend on the Coronado Navy Base (http://www.superfrogtriathlon.com/). I wasn't going to do it. I haven't been training and exercise has been minimal and sporadic. After this weekend, I've decided I have no excuse not to do it. And now I'm excited.
This weekend, I joined the tri club (Tri Club San Diego--(http://www.triclubsandiego.org/) for the first cove swim of the season. It was 57 degrees and choppy with a big swell. In addition, it was the first time I had been in the ocean since.....hmmmm.....July? It was fantastic! I banged out 0.7 miles and felt wonderful. Saturday, I joined the Chula Vista Trek Store for their 53-mile ride. All guys. Great, I'm going to get dropped in the first 5 miles. It was not to be. I was able to hold my own, thankfully, as we rode up to the Cabrillo National Monument and back. Thankfully, the ride was mostly flat with a few small, forgiving hills. Sunday, despite ominous gray skies and chilly winds (okay, it wasn't that bad folks but for us pansies in San Diego, it seemed threatening), I had an awesome 10-mile trail run through Penasquitos Canyon. Because the skies seemed like they were about to open up and dump rain any moment, I had the canyon mostly to myself. Luckily, the rain held off until later that night.
I'm sore, yes, I'm sore. But my muscle memory can get me through half-ironman length workouts. I have absolutely new excuse for not racing an Olympic. Plus, I get to put my race wheels on! I realized I've been scared to race. I have cold feet, so to speak. Now, I can't wait to get my feet wet (literally) on Sunday! The excitement has returned. The hunger is back. Finally.