My most recent accomplishments are that I swam 4250 yards in the pool (just over 2.4 miles) and I completed my first 100 mile bike ride, which is a goal I have had for the last 15 years. As my bike computer reached 99.9 miles, it occurred to me that I was about to do something I have never done before. I was about to reach the dream of many cyclists which is to ride a century, also known as 100 miles. What seemed out of reach for so many years was about to become a reality. The computer clicked over to 100.0 and I had tears in my eyes. I finally did it... Also, I was still 3.48 miles out from the car, so my ride was not over yet! I do plan to write a much longer blog about this experience, but right now I just want to give the quick details and I will save story time for later!
The swim... I remember watching people at the gym swim for what seemed like forever and I admired their lung capacity. How did they do it?? Now I get in the pool with more confidence than ever before, start swimming, hit my watch every 100 yards, then and hour or two later, I take my goggles off and hit the shower like it's just another day. I do have to admit when I hit 4250 last Wednesday, I wanted to tell everyone what I had just done! It was a huge accomplishment and made me feel better about my chances of making it before the cutoff at Ironman.
Finally, the last piece of good news is that my bike accident case is finally over. I picked up my settlement check from the lawyer's office this week and my medical bills are in the process of being paid by the guy's insurance company. This took nearly a year and a half,but I am proud to say that I can finally move on with life. Side story real quick... yesterday I went out for a run and was nearly hit by the mail carrier jeep. All I can say is that if drivers would simply look in front of them before they hit the gas pedal after being at a complete stop, we would all be much safer. Thanks to my quick reflexes, I turned my upper body just in time to miss getting nailed by the side mirror. And of course my thought was "I'll be damned if I settled one case yesterday, and today I get hit by another mirror." Oh the irony of it all....
There is so much else to say but I wanted to give a quick update while I had 15 minutes to write. Much more to come later... Next week I start to taper, so I will feel like I have much more free time than I have had in the last 6 months!