|Finish of the Carlsbad Sprint Triathlon|
IM Wisconsin is less than six weeks away, meaning I have about 4 more weeks of tough training. I just completed a badly needed rest week, today was the first day back after a ludicrously easy rest week schedule, which I still struggled with. This morning it was 16 miles running, my longest run of the year (since I technically stopped "running" at mile 13 in St. George). It went.... OK. I struggled to hit my pace, but finished the run without being too beat up, and ready to tackle the remaining 16 hours of training for this week.
What has surprised me so far in my IMWI preparation is that I'm not burned out. During the training for both of my previous IM races (and one I trained for and didn't compete in), at some point near the end I just got completely fed up. I wanted it to be over. I wanted to just do the race and go home (though I really didn't even want to do the race). I wanted to go home after work and watch television. I wanted to put more attention on my career, on my personal life, on myself. I was doing one of the most selfish things I had ever done (train for endurance sports) and all I wanted was time to myself. Burnout is not logical, it just sucks for no reason.
Somehow I have avoided that this time around. All I want to do right now is train just a little bit better, and then toe the line in Wisconsin ready to kill it. I think having a couple of disappointing performances earlier in the year helped to focus me on what I'm trying to do.
IMWI will be my last Ironman for a little while - I'm taking 2011 off from that distance. But the plan is not retirement... it's reloading.