Alcoholism to Ironman: Part 7

Spring has sprung! I am in full training mode!

What a difference a year makes! I am really enjoying my training this year. I feel stronger and more confident. Building on last year's gains has been amazing, and it's rewarding to see the progress.

There seems to be less uncertainty and anxiety—which I think is just a product of a year's worth of experience. For example, last year, as the mileage of my weekly long ride increased, I worries all week if I could ride that far. This year, I know I can ride any distance, because I have done it before. Of course, it turns out I could ride those distances that year, too—all that worry for nothing. It's a valuable lesson: I can do more than I think I can do.

After several months, I finally found some pool time at my local high school. Unfortunately, it's at 5:00am, but beggars can't be choosers! To my surprise, I didn't forget how to swim. Although the water seems colder first thing in the morning, it seems like I've picked up right where I left off. And, I think I may actually like swimming little more than biking (jury is still out).

Last month, I attended the Run Clinic at Tri Fitness. As those of you who were there know, it was really, really good. There was tons of great information—nutrition, warm-ups, drills, yoga, stretching, and as promised, I was "faster in 48 hours!"

Under some direction from Vicki (and some personal duress), I have been focusing more on my diet and nutrition. I began to limit a few foods—mainly dairy, sugar, and gluten—and been eating more whole foods. Vicki said, "If you can kill it or grow it, you can eat it!" Truth be told, I've killed a few Oreos here and there. Nobody's perfect (haha).

First race of the year is coming up in June. Finally! I'll be racing the olympic distance at the Buffalo Triathlon. Wish me luck! I hope to see you there!

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