I'm not really sure why Coach Gerardo gave me a day off from training today. Oh yeah, the monster ride on Saturday! Well, I didn't have any time to compile my video blog yet so stay tuned for that. Instead, my free time this morning was spent at the doctor's office for the annual physical and drawing of blood. Whee! My favorite. Physically, I feel fine today. I could have worked out, same as yesterday,when I swam a hard 1,800 yards in 30 minutes and a light 45-minute run immediately following. Shockingly, I could have kept going, which is very encouraging for Ironman training. So much so that I started to flirt with the idea of forgoing Ironman Coeur d'Alene and tackling St. George instead. But that just might be a bit too crazy given my already hectic schedule. Then again, if I complete IM StG in early May, I'm essentially done with tri-racing for the year and can focus more on work, wedding, having a life, etc. It's a tempting offer, but perhaps I'm underestimating the difficulty of the St. George course. Further, I had a very hard time staying warm during the coldest portion of the Mulholland Challenge bike ride, shivering uncontrollably for minutes at the base of PCH upon leaving the chilly mountains. St. George is supposed to be similarly cold, especially in the water. Can I hack it?
I kind of want to find out. Then again though, if I stay on my plan toward CDA, I can take the experience and strength I gained from this weekend and apply it towards a better result. It's a great conundrum to face.
But the best conundrum of all is enjoying a rare Monday off-day. What to do with the extra time? Unfortunately, it was spent in a doctor's office, having a dull needle shoved in my arm. Come to think of it, that's not too dissimilar from a hard day of training.
Both leave you feeling a bit woozy and needing sugar afterwards.
71 days and counting.