Today marks the beginning of the end for the Chasing Fifty Challenge. My Olympic triathlon is next Saturday in Orlando. I’m definitely ready for the race, but not so sure I’m ready for the challenge to be done. The efforts of the last 11 months have been exciting, exhilarating, and sometimes exhausting. I’m not sure what lies after the race beyond continued training in all three disciplines.
I started this final week with an enjoyable long run. Long is relative, really, since I was doing 20 milers while training for the Little Rock Marathon back in the spring, but now I’m down to six or seven miles at the most. One of the most significant lessons I’ve learned through this program is to do only the amount of training necessary to show continued improvement while minimizing the potential for injury. Given that principle, and my primary goal of finishing the tri, there’s really not much reason to go beyond race distance of the run leg of the race.
The morning run was, once again, surprisingly pleasant for a mid-August workout. The temps were high 60s with low humidity, which would have been enough to make it great. Add in a high cloud cover that blocked out some of the direct sunlight, and it became downright awesome. I ran the river trail in Little Rock, most of which is lined with dense woods and great scenery. path trail was crowded, as you’d expect on such a perfect day for a run, but I can’t say that it bothered me much. It was actually a nice break from the predawn runs with no one around.
I briefly considered trying to work in a swim before heading to the airport in the late afternoon for my flight back to Tampa, but it just didn’t fit. I should still be able to get a couple of swims in during the rest of the week. Te nextsick days a going to be busy with work requirements, so my razor-sharp translate into obsessive compulsive) planning skills and list making should come in handy. I’ll keep you posted.