Season 2011 part 2, round one.

I am having such an awesome season!

My comeback race was 3Sports Sprint: Just a local pool sprint, but I wound up with a huge PR and 1st place in my age group and 8th overall women and I was smiling and so incredibly happy the whole time.   I had put an unbelievable amount of pressure on myself.  It was scary going in....because I was so worried I would disappoint myself after all the hard work I had put in, but it turned out great!  I absolutely love triathlon and racing.  The opportunity to race was not lost on me that day.  I enjoyed every single instant of the experience.  I raced it hard.  My swim was still slower than I wanted, but the bike was a ton faster than I thought and my run was perfect.  I have never been so happy to see a finish line in my life.  Silly, since it was just a local sprint, but YES, I was back!  The podium finish was just icing!

I did a swim time trial 300 yards a few weeks ago and beat my pre-wreck time by 2 seconds!  Yeahh!  4:41 is my new record.  Amazing!

I  have also raced the Luray Sprint.  There was stress leading up to this race: some bike mechanics issues, camping in a rainstorm, running late etc.  However, I had a lot of fun with my team mates leading up to and during the race!  My swim was better than I had expected, despite leaky goggles.  I biked about right, but probably could have pushed more into zone 4 since it was just a sprint.  I raced the run hard.  I came in 4th out of 48 women in my very competitive age group and 11th overall woman out out 155!  Not bad for a former middle of the packer!  I am excited to be learning how to push myself more in these sprint races.  I am very happy with my hard work in training really paying off.

Now, I must admit  Its not all perfect and I am struggling a little now.  During my injury recovery, my determination level was oh so very fierce and every single workout was executed with an extreme precision level like I didn't even think was possible.  I was absolutely adamant that when I came back to racing I was going to come back shockingly fit and wind up on the local podium.  That was my goal.  I wanted to come back stronger than before.  It was kind of amazing, what I was doing on that indoor trainer....the HR zones I was reaching and the way I could hold onto it for so long....I was like some kind of bullet train on the indoor bike.  Nothing was "too hard" for me and I always wanted more.  Now, I achieved that little goal and I am so happy, but with that being "out of the way", I am having some issues pushing myself on the bike and I've skipped a few recovery rides too.   I just don't know why I can't seem to WANT to excel in the bike like I used to.  Yes, I want it, but that inner drive that shuts out all the pain and forces me to "push through" everything...it seems to have abandoned me as soon as I had my first"comeback" race.  I wish I could tap into that laser sharp focus I used to have.  I know it is there somewhere.... and I need it back!  I still have Lobsterman, Giant Acorn AND B2B Half Iron on tap!