Last week I faced every endurance athlete's biggest fear, well second to injury. Burn out. When I first got into Triathlons, it was for fun. Then my competitive nature took over and I started to train myself into the ground. This caught up to me last week and I had to say "when." It started Saturday when I got up to run and said I don't feel like running that far. So I didn't. Then I went to the open water swim, even though I didn't feel like swimming. I thought, maybe if I get ready and get out there I'll change my mind. The closest I got was sitting on the bank with my feet in the water.
Sunday morning came around and I had a 36 mile ride in Montgomery. I started out with the group and got in a nice long warm-up. I got to the first Hill and decided to charge for a few miles. After a bit I started wondering, when was the last time that I finished a ride and didn't go home and have to take a nap because I had exhausted myself. So I backed off realizing that I'm racing this week and got out of aero. I just started to enjoy the clean air and the scenery. It was a great morning, cool and quiet. The result was that I had one of my better rides in a long time. My heart rate was lower and cadence was higher. I was able to relax and settle in to the beat coming from my ipod.
It's been a long time since I've had fun on a ride. Looking forward to more in the future. I started this with the intention of qualifying to race in Kona 2014. I can live with that not happening. Maybe 2020 or even better, it will happen when it happens. I was dreading the Austin Tri this weekend, but I think my different outlook has changed that. Happy Swim, Bike, Run.