Last year, like other years that we’ve done IronMan Lake Placid, we experienced our traditional Panic Sets In moment. That can’t happen this year. It simply can’t. We need to avoid that at all costs.
In 2009, Kathryn wasn’t able to complete IronMan Lake Placid—whether it was her work, or that things needed to get done around the house, or that she just wasn’t that into it, something else always got in the way that prevented her from training. And that hurt, come race day.
I’ve said this before… for some reason, I still have to train much harder than her in order to be able to compete. Yes, I’ve gotten faster than her on the bike. But still, overall, the ROI (return on investment) for her training seems to be much better than mine.
In 2008 I felt that even if I trained for hours and hours and hours, I only ended up slightly faster than her. Maybe I’m just not that good at this. Maybe I can’t get that much better.
But maybe I can be really good at this.
2010 is the year that I’m going to really try. Training is off to a good start. We’re going to swimming regularly, we’ve got our teaching schedule sorted out so that we can get a good mix of teaching RPM classes and 3–4 runs in per week.
The trick will be to sustain it. I need to be sure that I can live these ideals—of training, preparing properly, and having an organized life—so that I don’t become a living contradiction.