Just 9 weeks until Kona and I can't believe how real everything is for me right now. I am really focused and I will try to be as consistent as I can with my training. This morning Karel and I headed out to San Antonio for some hill riding and I was looking forward to a nice solo ride. I hoped to do 4 hours alone, but I ended up almost keeping up with the group and finished with 60 miles in around 3 hours and 20 minutes. Averaging around 17 mph in the hills was amazing for me since last year at this time I was averaging that speed for my longer rides. Karel did 80 miles and we both finished at the same time!!! I had a couple short cuts by mistake (since I had absolutely no idea where I was going) and I was lucky to run into Karel on his warm-down since I had a deflating back tire. Luckily I was almost finished with my 4 hour ride and I was close to the car, but Karel used a little CO2 to get me back to the car with enough air in my tire to finish that 3 hour and 20 minute ride. As usual, Karel and his buddies head to the Deli for some yummy food and I ran around 20 minutes to meet him there. I always find a way to squeeze in a run after a bike ride. I was crazy sweaty and hot and I thought the only thing that could be better than water would be ice cream :) Karel and I enjoyed our post-training ice cream and water and we headed home around 1pm. What a great morning to follow a great race. I'm feeling really good and I can tell an improvement in my recovery since I am not hobbling around like I use to last summer when I trained long and hard on the weekends.
The Ironman on NBC was great and I'm getting more and more excited. I probably watch and Ironman DVD at least 3 times a month but I can not believe that I will be in Hawaii racing at the World Championships in October!