I have always been told how important it is to rest and recover. I am glad I finally listened and have done just that for almost the last week. My legs are feeling stronger and stronger every day and they don't ache like they did about 5 days ago. I was in absolute agony, burning, searing agony from my calf muscles up to my quadriceps. If I was sitting down for too long I had REAL trouble trying to stand. But going from the standing to sitting position was damn near impossible. Lucky I have a basin right in front of my toilet that I could hang on to and gently lower myself onto the porcelain bowl. I could only compare myself to a giraffe trying to lower itself precariously to pick up some shoots of grass off the ground far far below. It was a painstakingly slow endeavour, but once there "Oh the joy".
So during my recovery week I had the chance to go and put my first payment on my bike. I was so excited, the joy I am sure was oozing out of every pore. All I can do is smile whenever I walk in this shop because I know that one day - in the not too distant future - I will walk out with my Cannondale CAAD9 5. I have been fitted to this bike and I feel like I can move mountains on it. With commitment and perseverance I am aiming to do so much better at my next Triathlon.
So it was somewhere inbetween walking in the shop and putting my first payment that conversations arose of the Port Macquarie Ironman that had only just happened the weekend before. I was commenting about how amazing those people are and what an awesome accomplishment it would be to have that title attached to your name. I remember saying how hard I thought it would be to do it and my friendly bike guy said "Why don't you try the Half Ironman?". And that was all it took - the seed was now planted. I have given myself a whole year to train for this, God only knows I will need this. But if others can do it, why can't I? I have accomplished everything I have set my sights on and I know this will be no different. Sure there will come days that will test me to the the very core of my being, but what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger - I believe. I have faith in my strength, ability and determination to move forward to my goal. Day by day, step by step, accomplishment after accomplishment. Full steam ahead.