The past three months have been full of so many firsts that I’ve feared, overcame, then grew to love. Until today.
Today was the day that I found out about a certain four-letter word that if anyone mentions to me again I might punch them in the face and scream, “YOU SHUT YOUR DIRTY MOUTH!”
That’s right: W-I-N-D.
It probably the devil’s way of not only making your legs feel like bricks, but puts you in constant fear of being toppled over and no one can hear your screams because the wind is so loud. I’m not sure what gust speeds we faced today, but let’s just say I can feel my apartment creaking and howling because of the wind right now. Sorry Coach Paul, I know you say riding in the _______ (insert four-letter word here) is great for race day experience and pacing yourself, but I just can’t buy it.
Along with facing the ______ for the first time, it was also my first double brick (2 hour bike – 15 minute run – 2 hour bike – 20 minute run), and riding a total of 69.5 miles in the day — a new PDR! As you can see, I’m trying desperately to be optimistic here…
Next time I might want to opt for this — indoors and wind free.
What natural element do you loathe when training?