There it is. In BRIGHT PINK. Written in Sharpie on my calendar-Saturday, September 25th:
The Mainiac Triathlon 10 am
Yup, it's here. It's time. And I am feeling excited, nervous, unsure of myself, anxious but excited. Did I mention excited? My first triathlon.
This week has been strange to say the least. I got out for an easy ride early Monday morning before hubbs left for work and when I stepped off the bike I got this strange vertigo-like feeling. Like my head was spinning. I sat down for a few moments and this feeling subsided.
Then while reaching for a shirt to wear, I felt all the muscles in my mid-back start to spasm. OH NO. Sure enough, I have been dealing with some annoying back pain all week. Nothing a little Aleve can't handle but this certainly put me on "alert" being sure I did not push it too hard.
Then later in the day on Monday I could feel the starting of a head cold coming on. Are you kidding me?? For real? I started pumping the Vitamin C and green tea. Took it easy (well as easy as it gets chasing after Lola) the rest of the day and took Tuesday totally off from any workouts.
By Wednesday I was dealing with the normal mental struggle I have whenever I take any time off from training. I felt lazy. I felt bloated. I felt guilty. SO I swam. I ran. I lifted. And it felt SOOOOO good to sweat.
I am attempting to put this all in perspective. Was the back issue and the start of a head cold actually a blessing?? Was it forcing me to rest a bit before the tri??
Is it a curse? Will taking it easy this week effect my performance at the tri? Is my body tired from fighting this cold?
I don't know but being the optimist that I am I am going to go blessing. I tend to go a little crazy sometimes and maybe this is a good thing. Maybe this down time will do wonders for me. Who knows! But I do know that I wanted to go into this first triathlon experience with an open mind and no expectations.
Today whatever little traces of a head cold are gone~luckily it never really turned into anything (see! Vitamin C and green tea folks!! laugh but it works!!) My back is still tweaked out but I can work with it.
I am heading out for an easy run soon and I am sure that all kinds of crazy will be running though my head about this triathlon.
I am freaking out a little about transition. I am questioning my decisions about what I am going to wear. I am not sure if I am even going to bother with my Garmin.
So there it is in a nutshell. Crazy week. Crazy thoughts. I am just hoping I have a Crazy good time on Saturday.