SEPTEMBER is a BIG month for me.
My 6 year old starts first grade- which means I have to let go a bit. He will be in school from 0830-1455 FIVE whole days a week. My lunch buddy, my snuggle buddy, my little man…I think this may be a harder transition for me than him. SO THANKFUL I still have my little 4 year old dude home with me- BUT WAIT, he will be gone THREE days a week a for THREE whole hours too. How is this Mama gonna cope?! (Maybe I will take a nap in the morning, get the errands done, take a 2 hour bike ride, paint a few rooms of the house, start swimming laps…the possibilities are endless. OK, ok, a part of me may actually like this new-found freedom.)
I have TWO big races: the Chequamegon 40 in TWO weeks, YIKES! *insert terrified face* (if you ever have a few hours to kill watch this http://trailgenius.com/races/chequamegon/2010/chequamegon_map_2010.html ), and the Athleta Iron Girl Duathlon. This is what I have been training for all summer (minus the half-marathon two weeks ago, which is out of my memory already). I feel like it is crunch time, but realistically not much fitness can be gained in the next few weeks. I must have faith in what I have done to prepare the past few months. All I can do between now and race day is practice, practice, practice and maintain, maintain, maintain. I am going to try doing some longer rides in preparation for Chequamegon (I am thinking it will take me around 3 1/2-4 hours to do it- but I have nothing to go on other than gut for this.) and some shorter, faster runs for the duathlon. Let’s hope it works!
~SIDE NOTE: Does anyone else out there look at race results from previous years and get themselves all psyched out about times, splits, pace? Ok, maybe it’s just me. I have watched the Chequamegon video (see above) from start to finish to try to mentally prepare myself for the terrain. (What I really need is to physically prepare myself for the terrain!) I have over-analyzed my splits, pace and transition times from the past few years of Iron Girl. (I have high hopes on this one, but not sure how much I can improve from last years finish. These top women run 6:30/mile!)
September also brings a dramatic change in weather *sigh*! It was immediately felt when I walked out of work this morning at 0730am. It is like a light switch. One day it is humid and 90degrees. The next day it is a high of 64 and a low in the 40’s. The air today just felt like, well, autumn. There have been a few leaves changing colors in the yard and even a few have fallen from the trees. Don’t get me wrong, I love September and October. I just don’t like the 5 months following them!