4.5 weeks of training left on the schedule, actually 10 more days of hard training then the 3 week taper begins. It has been a long year. Full of doubts, sweat, some blood, and some days of outright boredom BIKE riding 5+ hours solo. But if I can just make it these last two week I can relax a little bit and try to recover from the lack of sleep from the last 26 weeks.
So after a short mini vacation visiting my folks in Florida I was so ready to finish my recovery week and start out in my 16 to 20 hour week training adventure again.
On Monday, I arrived back into Chicago, and went out for a casual 2.5 hour ride, and yes solo again.Went out on my regular route trying to do a little bit of hill training, feeling that I have loss my entire bike fitness after only 4 days of no cycling. Am I crazy or what..
But what do I see on my route?
"BRIDGE OUT", how can that be, do they know that this is cutting in to my hill workout. WTF. But then I realizes all the roadblocks that have come my way during my IM journey. The greatest one was getting at the time devasting news in MAY, that I have injured myself, via a HERNIA.
After consulting several doctors I got the "yellow" light to continue.
But from that point on, my IM journey goals had changed. I told myself, all I wanted was a chance to start IMWI. So I guess in less than 5 weeks I will get that chance. So if I finish the Ironman race in 12 or in 17 hours, I will be a happy man, because like this "ROAD BLOCK", I did not get discouraged and just found a different path to complete my bike ride for this day. As in Life, I found, we always have to find ways to not get discouraged and to push on.
As another 6 to 7 hour solo bike ride planned this weekend and a 1/2 marathon race I will turn into a 20 mile run on Sunday, hopefully anyway. I always look back on this day and reflect back on how far I have come and all the people that told me it could not be done:
(actually a Advertisement ad that I carried with me during my 1st Chicago marathon)
"IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING"
"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary"
"IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING"