Yes, I'm biting the bullet and racing in Wisconsin (Ironman Wisconsin) again this year, with only a 4 week turn-around time to the "Big Dance" in Kona. Some critics may think this is crazy - but I've decided that after I felt so good and performed well in Roth, Germany after only having a 3 week break from Ironman CDA that I'd give this a shot! I love Wisconsin and as many of you know, it's home for me...family will be there, fellow cheeseheads and come on...that course and the support from the volunteers in unbelieveable! I had a big break-thru race there last year and I'm ready to capitalize on that this year....my training here in Alabama has been going very well as the weather has cooperated the last month...it's not as hot and humid as it was last year, but beautiful conditions for some great training. I'm very focused right now even as many of my training partners are starting to "wind down" from the season and begin to focus solely on "Alabama football"!
There is something to be said for the amount of training I'm doing alone right now and how at peace I am with myself and surroundings during the endless hours on the road and in the water. I've had time to think, think, and think some more the last few weeks - I will sometimes "zone out" for miles at a time and think about my family, something my brother discussed with me over a lengthy phone conversation, an expresssion my daughter learned from a scene out of "High School Musical" or the latest drama my husband is dealing with at work...whatever it is, it helps tick away the miles and time I have to put in for the week. Let's be honest...this sport is my salvation from a lot of things...some may need meds, therapy, drugs or a bottle to "cope" - me...I need an open road!