First off I decided to lose a few pounds over the winter and thanks to a Facebook group and some accountability, I was able to get my weight back down into the 230's from the 270's. That has made a big difference.
Second I made a commitment to train over the winter and not just lay around and run or bike once in awhile. I ran or biked 6 days a week. I went to the classes at Michael's Cycles and did a bunch of Spinervals in my basement. When spring finally did come, I was able to hit the bike without the break in period like past years and I felt really good.
Third I am following a true training plan. One that has me putting in miles. Way more running than previous years and more frequent bike rides and long weekend rides. I try to do more run miles than the plan calls for. I know the run is my weak spot and I'm working hard on it.
Fourth I put a ton of events on my calendar in an effort to keep my focus up and my training miles high. I have done a 5K race, 8K race, 2-1oK races, 2 Half Marathons, a duathlon, an olympic distance tri, and 2 aquathons.
The bottom line is the results speak for themselves.
In the races I have done so far this summer I have PR'd in my 5K time, Half Marathon Time, Olympic Distance Tri, Aquathon, and Duathlon. I still can't break my 10K PR but I have been within 20 seconds in one race and 55 seconds in another.
I finally rode my bike over 20MPH average in a race and most of my solo training rides have been a lot faster. I also am feeling a lot stronger on the bike. I have ridden the meat of the Ironman bike course twice now, having done 86 miles last weekend and I left feeling pretty good. I rode 2 loops faster than I ever have in training or racing and I don't have the same feeling about the course as I did before. I know I can ride it and put more effort into it than past years. I just don't feel scared of it. I guess you call that confidence. I know I have to eat more and make sure I drink and take salts. Cramps have been an issue the past 2 years. My plan is to ride a lot of hills and ride them hard the next 2 months. I have a couple good hilly routes.
Aquathon this Thursday, Ironman Muncie 70.3 on Saturday. I'm going to really focus on being uncomfortable on the bike and run at Muncie. 6:30 would be fantastic but my real goal is to smash the legs on the bike and then get off the bike and run a sub 2:45 half marathon. Lofty goals for me.
Then Carmichael Training Camp on the Ironman Course next weekend. Then another aquathon and Waunafest 10 mile run. Then Point to La Pointe 2 mile swim, followed by Waupaca sprint Tri and Race the Lake 90 mile bike race the next day.
Then a couple weeks of training and the big show.
I'm swimming about the same, biking better than ever and running better than ever. I just hope I can put it all together on race day. No matter what happens, I know how hard I have worked this year. I'm really focused.