Phew. Back to our regular programming. I can hear a collective sigh of relief.
Part # 1
I have signed up for another Ironman. I went and did something I swore I'd never do. I signed up for Ironman Coeur d'alene. Yes...its within spitting distance of where I live so most people would think it would have always been the logical race choice for me. But guess what...I HATE the cold. and um...well...CDA is flipping freezing in June. For the last 4 years I have gone to watch the race and each time as I watch all these blue frozen bodies emerging from the 2.4 mile swim in 54 degree water it reaffirms my desire to NOT do that Ironman.
So what happened?
Well the bottom line was that it came down to logistics. I can train on this course for free. I don't have to book and pay for airfare, bike shipping or hotel accomodation. And with over 30 of my team mates signed up for the race I will never be short of training partners. In the end it was a no brainer.
My experience of the swim in Boise gave me some confidence that I can survive frigid waters. My trusty neoprene cap and booties will prove indispensable in June I'm sure.
Having watched the World Championships from Kona this weekend I have a renewed enthusiasm for IM training. ( Yay, Pete Jacobs). I'm still rehabilitating my foot. The good news its that I'm out of the boot. The bad news is that I'm still having problems. Back to the foot doctor for me :-( Ironman training doesn't begin until late November so I still have some time to get it sorted out.
Part # 2
My daughter is part of her high school marching band and colorguard. For Aussie readers, this is totally foreign to you but it has been one of my favorite things about my daughters foray into high school. Autumn is the marching band season and they spend all of their weekends travelling to different competitions all around the Pacific NW. They spend between 20 and 30 hours a week practising and performing starting in August and going all the way through the end of October. This coupled with school and homework leaves her no time for anything else.
This past weekend they had a competition here in Spokane so we went to cheer them on. They won the championship which was such a great affirmation to them that all their hard work is paying off. If you have some free time its worth watching this video of their performance. Keep in mind these kids are all between 14 and 18 years old and they are playing all the music you hear as they dance, march and jump around the field. Honestly its a great reminder what anyone can do with the right direction, dedication and desire can achieve.