I admit that 3 weeks prior to a race is a peculiar time to start a training
blog. The bulk of the training for IronMan Texas has been indoor rides,
indoor runs, etc. Not that much to write about. I have traveled many miles in my livingroon; I finally finished the entire series of Battle Star. I’ve read a few books. Now is the exciting part that last few weeks.
- Recently we discovered that the guide I had planned on racing with wasn’t able to participate due to a conflict with her sponsorship. As most of you know I was very excited about the potential to race with a professional guide, in fact it was the reason I had taken on a second ironman. When I heard the news I did not have the emotional reaction you might expect. My immediate reaction was to completely resign myself to the news. I calmly accepted that all those hours on the stationary bike had been in
vein, my ironman career ended last year, and that everyone has disappointments from time to time. I continued to train with the faint hope that we could find a guide who was comfortable completing my ambitious goal of 12:00 hrs. given 4 week’s notice. We infact did not find a guide, we found 2. Sonja Weik, and Michelle Ford were not
only willing, but enthusiastic about helping me finish this race. I couldn’t be more thankful. Michelle will do the swim and the bike, Sonja the run. I admit I am nervous more than last year for a half a dozen reasons, but I am not worried about my guides.
- Training with Aaron: Aaron has become my coach and he has done an incredible job!! I see improvement all the time. Training with aaron has been a blast. 6 hour trainer rides are no fun; at least the three that he does with me go
- Movies with Aaron: One fun game to play with 2 blind people is “Alternate Plot”. The premise is you get two very board blind athletes on adjacent trainers, then play a movie with little dialog, “127 hours” for example. See
what alternative plot they come up with. Aaron can see some of what’s oing on, I can see none. Aaron does his best to interpret what he’s seeing, I interpret based on context. Aaron sees the guy getting rescued by a hellacopter, I see that they can’t rescue the guy 20min into the movie.
- Texting: If either
Aaron or I have your number we have likely texted you in a fit of boredom. Sometimes we have nothing left to do but text everyone we know. I have texted people I barely know in a desperate attempt to connect to someone outside the living room. They may have been ironic and senseless. We’re sorry about that.
- Training using blackout goggles: I’ll write more on this later.
In summary ironMan texas is coming in 3 weeks. The second year of IronMan training has been a bit more focused with a more ambitious goal. In my gut I’m not sure how this is going to go, I don’t have a strong feeling either way. I have been having weird nightmares about crashing and needing o duct tape my arm back on. I am certain nothing like that will happen. I am certain we will finish, but I’m not certain about anything else. I am optimistic, as I said I know both guides are ready. This indever is overwhelming by it’s very nature, I guess if you don’t feel overwhelmed at this point you might just be oblivious to what’s to come.
Off to go run on a lovely day.