I will say, however it has been a bit of a drag to train this week and last. It has been extremely cold in Carmel, IN. The fun is somewhat stifled when there is no alternative but to train inside. 8 miles on the treadmill or a 2 to 3 hour ride on my bike atop the trainer is not very exciting. It feels good when I'm finished. I do love to swim in the winter, and I find the long laps in the pool soothing. Of course I adore my trips to the Cycle Studio with my gal pals or to the gym with my other peeps. It takes a village.
The first event of the spring is The Bourbon Cycling Tour in April. It's a 150 mile overnight ride along the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky. It is rumored to be a blast! 100 miles on Saturday and 50 miles on Sunday. It even involves camping, which is something I haven't done in years. Side note: you might be surprised to learn that I actually love camping, and everything that goes along with it. I'm talking tent pitching, sleeping on the ground, no civilization or other campers around, fishing for dinner kind of camping. I seem to have developed the reputation of being a "girly girl" in recent years. On the contrary, I'm not afraid to get dirty. In fact, one of my favorite memories is spending time in Sun Valley, Idaho one summer with a good friend (a boy of course). 1990 maybe? We spent a weekend hiking into the mountains, making our own campsite in the middle of grizzly country. Of course he was armed, and fortunately we never encountered a bear. The excitement of a possible grizzly run-in was enough to make the trip worthwhile, however. True story.
The second event is in May, and is a one day 100 mile ride across 3 states and 3 mountains starting in Tennessee. Not hills...mountains. To say we will be climbing is a bit of an understatement. Bring it on.
The third event of the spring, and the first triathlon of the year is Ironman Kansas 70.3 triathlon. It is rumored to be a difficult race, but also a favorite among the athletes I know who have raced it. I love a good challenge!
It will be a fun spring season! And then, training continues for the summertime races. There is always something on the horizon to anticipate.