Had a lovely evening tonight in London catching up with the amazing Kate. Talking about all sorts of geeky tri stuff: kit, food, races, training, tea, podcasts, etc. brilliant.
Although she broke some devastating news which has rocked my world and led me to question my whole triathlon journey. Sorry Kate your secrets out :(
One of the defining moments in my journey and my desire to complete a full ironman distance was Kate's sexy m-dot tattoo on her leg. I know I'm the wrong side of 50 to be thinking about tattoos but I really wanted one. I'm not exactly sure where I'd have it, (or how big,) but it's often the subject of debate in our house. But now I know the truth I'm not sure how I'll carry on. It was just a STICK-ON. I'll show her - mines going to be a massive real one!!! No wimpy stick-on for me.
Simon's given me my first real weeks training plan. I was very excited anticipating it's arrival and then horrified to see that week one started with 14 hours training. (LOL) !!!! I thought I'd start gently so I had the rest day first ( to get over the shock) but did actually manage a run this morning. Tomorrow's looking pretty horrible as I've got to fit 3 things in on one day as it's my day off work. So I've kissed goodbye to any semblance of normality for the next 40 weeks, but it's got to be done. I can't see much point forking out hundreds of pounds for entry, travel, accommodation & kit; telling everyone all about it and then not putting the effort in. I know the Zell-am-See 20km mountain might be a challenge too far this year, but by the time I do the IM Austria I'll be ready.
I've also been doing a bit of soul searching about why I'm doing this? Why do I want to take on such an unrealistic challenge? Why do I want to spend every spare hour training or hurting? What's the point? Where does it end? What good will it do me? Or anyone else? I'm just saying.... that when the Universe is good and ready (no rush) it would be nice to have some answers please !!