After a solid week of IM training I think I'm finally out of my slump or in other words the "Bubba FUNK" is finally leaving the building.
I was able to get my 2 mile open water swim in this weekend with an added bonus of 100 "team in Training" Triathletes trying to take up the same swimming space as you. Talk about race simulation.
But I must say, my "Bubba funk" has been hard to break the past couple of weeks!
I was tired of training, I did not have the zip in my training nor the passion in my heart. I had a bad attitude towards IM. For a long time I thought my year was just about Ultra-Running. Once my goals were completed I figure I just do some IM training and skate my way through the IronMan race this year. Not put pressure on myself, go through the motions.
Then I read the local sport magazine "WindyCitySports:"
Article: "Attitude is Everything" ~ your legs can only take you so far in accomplishing your goals"
"At the 2002 Boston Marathon Expo, a large banner hung from the ceiling. It said, simply: ALL YOU NEED NOW IS TO WANT IT BAD ENOUGH"
That is what I was missing, the hunger or even the addiction of an IronMan race. Crap, I paid $475 to enter this crazy race and I just want to skate by. What's the logic in that, I thought to myself. So now I'm hungry, not just to show up, but to go for a huge PR this year.
RACE against myself and put 110% out there on race day.
So my test will be this weekend at the Racine Half IronMan. It's going to be one of my "A" races now for the year. A sold out race with 2000 Triathletes.
Do I have the right Attitude?
Do I really want it bad enough?
Do I want to PR or I will fold to the pressure of trying to go faster?
I know one thing I will surely try and after eating a "LONG-JOHN" doughnut this morning, my fix for the week is now complete and Tapering has begun (sort of).
So I should be good to go for now. You think?