June 21, Day 129
45 min run, 5 minutes Z1, 10 minutes Z2, 5 x (2 minute Z4/2 minutes Z1) 10 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1
40 min bike, 5 minutes in Z1, 30 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1
1750 swim, 500 yd Z1, 5 x (100 yd Z3/15″ rest) 250 yd Z1, 5 x (50 yd Z4/20″ rest) 250 yd Z1
So much of this journey is a grind. It’s obvious, it’s expected. It’s a very long road to get to Louisville and you aren’t going to finish an IM by taking shortcuts. That means stuff like yesterday’s run are part of it. It was 94 degrees when I got out to do the run, and with 5 Z4 repeats in that heat? Did not manage to hit Z4 for all 5 repeats. Just too hot. I did the best I could with what I could do. Sometimes it is what it is.
That can be frustrating, and if I focus on the frustrations of the journey too much it will drive me nuts. This is a life experience after all. It should be one with GOOD experiences. This post will not talk any more about the grind but instead focus on something cool I never would have seen if I wasn’t doing this.
So Sunday I got up before dawn to do my run. I was awake, I didn’t want to deal with the heat for a 90 minute 10 miler, and I just felt motivated to do it. I decided to go ahead and take a selfie of myself before I set out, and demonstrated my complete lack of selfie skill in doing so.
After failing that effort I set out into the cool(ish) morning air. I chose a route that goes along the outskirts of town to start, away from too many buildings or streetlights. That allowed me to enjoy some of the most beautiful morning views of a sunrise I’ve ever seen. Here’s a shot close to my house.
Here’s one about a mile away. As you can see, the sun has come up a BIT more.
Here’s one as I ran by the K-State football stadium. The sunrise reflecting in those windows was breathtaking.
Here’s the last one I took, just before i turned into the city and away from the sunrise.
This is the sort of stuff that can go unappreciated if you look at the grind too much. For whatever reason I was feeling philosophical and spiritual Sunday morning and just really enjoyed this morning. If I wasn’t doing this training, I would have missed it asleep in bed.
What a shame that would have been.