It's been quiet around here, but definitely not quiet in my thoughts. I've spent this week reflecting on my goals, this sport and my life, mostly about how the three intersect. It's been a busy, but good week of workouts for me. I've spent a lot of (much needed) time on my bike, and I am feeling much more strong and confident about my riding.
This I believe:
Physically, I am ready. I have put in the hours. I have done the training.
I have had great workouts, sessions I ended feeling confident and strong. I have had workouts where I just wanted to sit down and cry, and I have. I have felt the panic, the fear of feeling unable.
Now I believe now I am able.
Another big training weekend ahead, followed by a little bit lighter training schedule next week. Tomorrow morning I will be getting up at 4:15 am and departing the house at 5 am to drive to Blanco for the Real Ale Ride. 80 mile ride, followed by an 8 mile run.