I have been walking around about 10 feet off of the ground since getting back from Ironman Lake Placid. It was truly an awesome experience.
But now it is time to focus – Timberman HIM is only 23 days away!
I just peed a little.
So far this week, training has been solid. I came back from Lake Placid with a big burst of motivation – and I have been able to run more this week than any week since my injury.
So far the highlight of my week is the really great swim I had with the loons yesterday on Pleasant Pond.
I suddenly have gone from the feeling of pulling myself through the water with effort to the feeling of propelling myself forward with little effort. It is kind of awesome. I have no idea what happened, or what I am doing different, but I hope it stays this way.
I swam the 3/4 mile to the party boat that is always empty (one of these days, those guys are going to be there and will give me a beer when I get to them) and back without stopping and then did some dock intervals. When alone, I always swim near shore close to the docks, rocks, and other swimmers because my biggest fear is not so much drowning, but getting tagged by a boat.
Enter jet ski
man boy. I actually did stop on that swim, but it was to make sure I didn’t get tattooed by the bloke riding 5 feet off of shore amongst the swimming kids, rocks, docks, and boats. He stopped and said he almost didn’t see me, and I pointed to a rock about 3 feet off of the front of his jet ski and said maybe he should stay out in the middle where he wouldn’t hit kids swimming, rocks, and docks…or me. I didn’t add, you f-ing jackass. But I really wanted to.
See, I am growing and getting more mature every day.
He said sorry and took off and started riding the other shore.
Anyway, the good news is that I am gaining a lot of confidence in my swim, which by far is my weakest event. I have been doing all of my swims without a wetsuit in case Timberman doesn’t allow them (PLEASE allow the wetsuit, that would be by far the coolest thing ever). I figure it is a bonus if I get to wear one come race day.
Not much else to report this week except to tell you that my friend Bailey is doing much better. I have no idea what was wrong, and I am worried that whatever it is, it might come back – but he is back to normal right now so I am thankful for that. He asked me to say thanks so much for your well wishes and he wants a dog bone please.