I am now two moths away from one of the A races of the year, it has been a tough training: through a winter (although I know it is not THAT cold here in Savannah but it does get to 0`C (32F) and below, which is way too cold for my Colombian blood), and at the beginning of the year I got really sick. Second of all, 99.99% of my training is alone, I swim alone, I bike alone, I run alone, which gets boring some times and os of now I am sidelined by an old injury that came back and I have been training very little for the past two weeks but will get back to it tomorrow and hope for the best.
These days have been very hard mentally, it is really hard to not train your butt off when every inch of your body and mind want to, but the pain comes right back and I just have to call it a day. It hits you, it plays with you, but I have to be strong mentally to come out of this and be even stronger. In reality I haven’t lost any fitness for these days off. It has been a week of 1 run (that I had to cut short), 4 swims and two bike rides. So in reality I am not taking step backs in terms of fitness. Before this happened I was having good numbers in my training, especially running I have been feeling great and fast!
I still believe that I have the capability of being in the top spots in Texas, but it is not going to be an easy task. There are some guys going from my age group that is going to take my absolute best ability to beat them or finish really close to them.
It is this immense desire to succeed and to make it to Hawaii that keeps me waking up every day and doing what needs to be done, even though things sometimes aren’t in my favor as I mentioned at the beginning. I AM CERTAIN THAT I WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!
On my next post I will write about patience, a huge factor to really be successful in ironman racing. see you all then!