At long last, it's almost here! I've been fortunate enough to travel to my fair share of destination races (and my list of "we have to go back to _____ this year" grows longer every season), but there's really no other way I'd rather spend my summer than weekend road-tripping to races throughout Ontario. Particularly when the destination is the Switzer cottage in Muskoka, but that will have to wait a bit later in the summer!
It feels like it has been the longest "pre-season" ever having started my racing in early March. Typically I try to get one or two road races or 10k/half-marathons in before starting my true race season in June, so I'm already in new territory this year. But with the IM coming up at the end of the year I've benefited from having more focus – both during workouts, and with the process – than ever before. Still, despite managing to put together a consistent spring of training and some good early season results I still have that mild feeling of panic leading up to my first half IM of the year.
I'd be lying if I said it has been perfect, I've nailed every workout, never missed a session etc. One of my pet peeves with athletes on social media is their version of life/training/workouts always being awesome and epic. Nobody posts their Strava segments from when they slept in and had to squeeze in half their intended training after a long work day, or cut something short to make time for core & physio. But that's reality sometimes!
The first lesson I've learned in my IM year is probably the most obvious: life is going to get in the way sometimes. I envisioned this year being 12 months of nailing each and every workout. While training has been going well, it's far from perfect. But I am becoming a better athlete in a much different way than I expected – a little better at the overall picture, a little bit at a time.
All of that is to say, it's been a fun and challenging spring of training…and with my first goal race coming up in a few weeks there's still some uncertainty with exactly what to expect. But last week I was fortunate enough to get one more little test of fitness under my belt, the first ever 20k TT put on by Gabbi Whitlock and Balance Point Triathlon Club.
A little bonus speed courtesy of my Rudy Project Wing57 lid
Next update will likely come after Welland!