A full Ironman race is certainly a lofty goal. I have questioned whether I am actually up for this challenge. It was a long winter and though I did lots of running and swimming, I only did very minimal cycling. Finally, I am adding the third component to my training after the long cold winter. With the arrival of spring it is time to get my ironman cycling on. There is nothing like the added excitement of some new gear that is going to get me flying!
Anyone who has done an Ironman will tell you that it is both a time commitment and a financial challenge. I have had to figure out how to pursue this dream on a very limited budget. As the cycling portion of the ironman is 180km and takes up the longest time in the race, having a triathlon bike will make a huge impact on my race. After selling my road bike and having the input from Wolf and Barb at Trysport, an affordable option was available. Thank you to Trysport for building a Devinci tribike for me that is affordable, but definitely a step up from my road bike! I am excited to wear the Aktiv Life colours and be a part of their team.
Today was my first ride on the new wheels. I did a 50km solo ride up the escarpment in Niagara-On-The-Lake, with the scenic Parkway and beautiful sunshine. It was very peaceful and I felt like I was flying (especially when the wind was at my back!) I am becoming more educated on bikes and have several adjustments to make to get the fit perfect, but overall the bike is great.
One of the great benefits of the triathlon is the cross-training element. My legs have been verging on some injuries – with tight hamstrings and some continued pain in my right heel. I opted to take the weekend off from running, however, not from training, as I was able to get a solid workout in with the bike. With that change in stress, I am hoping the legs will be fresh for some solid run workouts this coming week.