9 Weeks till Kona – 4 out of 7 Dwarfs

9 Weeks till Kona – 4 out of 7 Dwarfs

While out pushing the pedals this weekend, I realized that I could be cast for four of the seven dwarfs in Snow White. As my training volume is on an upward trajectory leading into Kona, I’ve found myself being pretty multi-polar with frequent changes in emotions and attitude.


Dopey: I screw up more workouts than I’d like to admit. I had a swim last week with a main set of 30×100 with paddles, buoy, and band at intervals that were going to be challenging. One of the goals of sessions like this is pacing; don’t start off too fast so that you have enough in the tank to finish strong. But as I sometimes do, I took the set out way too hard and paid for it towards the end. Definitely a dopey move.


Grumpy: Hillary is a saint for putting up with me during IM training. Between stressors at work, early mornings, long days, etc., I’m not always the most pleasant person to be around (shocking, right?). One of the primary contributors to this, I’ve found, is hunger. It is a constant struggle to get as many calories in as I need, so the hangry episodes can become too common. If I have a less than ideal interaction with you, please refer to the Snickers commercials for how to deal with my grumpy self.


Sleepy: Oh, what it might feel like to be fully rested! I think IM training is going to be great preparation for having kids, when you’re constantly tired and take every opportunity to close your eyes for just a few extra minutes during the day. The coffee intake is at an all-time high during the day right now, and it’s not uncommon for me to fall asleep on the couch right after dinner. I’m still researching the possibilities for an IV drip of pure caffeine.


Happy: Oh yes, there is this emotion, as well. When I think about the opportunity that I’ve been given to race the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI, happiness is the predominant feeling. To be able to toe the line with the best athletes in the world, at one of the biggest races in the sport…how can you not be completely elated?!? So for all of the emotions and attitudes that I will experience, and subject those around me to endure, I hope that this is what overrides all else!

T-9 weeks!!!