I’ve been so excited about my workouts this past week.
All of the sudden, things seem to be falling into place.
I was able to do my long ride with my friend Travis Fittro on Saturday, and it went great.
We did ride some hills, some flats, and a lot of chip and seal roads. On the flat roads, there was quite a bit of wind, and it seemed like we were always riding into it.
So, while the ride was not as fast as I’d like it to be, it was a good, tough ride.
Afterwards, I came home, ate, showered and went to my son’s cross-country meet. Like it was no big deal! Ha!
I couldn’t believe that I had ridden 100 miles on my bike and then just went about the rest of my day like it was nothing.
On Saturday night, though, I started stressing a bit about my long run the next morning.
I decided that I would just worry about that when the time came.
I have really tried to think about this verse in the Bible when I start stressing about things in the future: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,” Matthew 6:34.
I tried to just enjoy Saturday evening with my family and live in the moment.
Sunday morning came and I thought, “Well, I’ll worry about my run after church. I’m just not going to think about it right now.”
Before I knew it, church was over and I was home and dressed for my run. I didn’t even stress about how hard it was going to be.
Sunday was such a beautiful day for a run.
The weather was cool and there was a nice breeze blowing.
The miles just trickled by.
I couldn’t believe it. It was a great run. Definitely the best 16-mile run I’ve ever had.
I was able to keep up a 10:11 pace, and I felt like I could run forever. I even felt great the rest of the day.
I don’t know why I’m so surprised. I’ve been training very consistently and really hard.
I need to keep trusting in my coach, my training plan and myself that I’m on the right track.
It’s awesome to see that everything is starting to settle into place for Ironman Louisville.
I can’t wait to test it out on race day.
Stacey Parisi is a Seymour native and resident. Her columns appear regularly in The Tribune as she trains to compete in Ironman Louisville 2015. Send comments to [email protected].