…it is T-minus 3 days until the Athleta Iron Girl Duathlon!
YIKES. I am not sure how this race came creeping up on me so fast, but I am not feeling as prepared as I have been in previous years. Sure I have been riding my bike more and running more this year, BUT I have not focused on speed work, short distance runs, or transitions at all. I have to believe that my efforts, dedication, and experience will pull me through this one. I am not really nervous (yet). I know what to expect (same course as last year).
HOWEVER, I have some big goals in mind for this one. AND now I am feeling a bit run-down this week. My piriformis muscle is acting up. What does that mean you ask? Well, it feels like I got ass punched and it sucks! My left ITB (iliotibial band) is tight and hurts when I run. This may be my body’s way of telling me I need a little break. (Something I may or may not ignore, but certainly not until after this race.) This race is “kind of a big deal” (to me). Wish me luck bright and early on Sunday!
Today is Thursday. So I am thankful, yes again, for the following random things:
~I found this amazing Maple Pumpkin Butter at Kowalski’s yesterday. You MUST try it! It is great on sliced apples 🙂 ~I LOVE that my boys are creative. Rowan in particular is a huge fan of art. He made this spooky pumpkin patch Peep diorama the other day. The best part was that instead of saying “diorama” he would accidentally say “peep diarrhea.” Maybe you had to be here, but it was gut-busting laughter all around. Check it out—> ~Lastly I am thankful that children forgive almost instantly. AND that each new day brings new opportunities and new challenges and new insight. No one ever said motherhood would be easy, but I can tell you that hearing your child say “You are never fun.” or “Go away.” or “I don’t love you.” is horrible. It is so hard to not take these words personally. It is so hard to stay calm through the storm (aka tantrums). Motherhood is, however, the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I am thankful for these two independent, strong-willed, silly boys.