My life has been a little topsy turvy the past few months. The one thing I continue to focus in on is July 27th Ironman Lake Placid. Nothing will stop me from toeing that line. But I toyed with the idea of Quassy. Considered one of the most challenging 70.3 courses out there, I wanted the challenge before Lake Placid but I was still reserved. But I took the plunge. This was the second time I decided last minute to jump into a 70.3. Last year I gave myself three days before signing up for Mighty Montauk Half Ironman, this year I gave myself a few weeks before Quassy. Not enough to taper, not enough to really absorb what I was going to face. So coach said take this as a hard training day. 4000 feet of elevation climb on the bike with a three mile climb was going to be new territory for me. But it would set me up for the next challenge, the Lake Placid course with two, seven mile climbs and 112 miles of good ole New York upstate hill climbing.
With many friends and teammates out there on the course with me, it was a bit of a surreal experience. I had a full day to think about many things. Many friends would surface to the top and smiles wound up on my face rather than frustration. My journey to Ironman continues with a lot of hard work as my race is scrutinized and the data is crunched. But I have no trouble with vision. I see the bright light at the end of this long training tunnel. It continues to be a huge learning experience for me mentally, physically and emotionally. I have learned about people, places and things. But most of all, it’s the love and support that keep me on the path. A friend of mine recently posted “mind over matter” referring to her last challenging race. It is so true. All the equipment in the world cannot help you get over that crest, unless your mind is in the right place.