Argh. Just when you think you have everything figured out…
My boss schedules a meeting smack dab in the middle of my planned 20 mile adventure. Yes, I know, I shouldn’t be scheduling this on an work-day afternoon… but I specifically stayed until past 8pm one evening and 10pm another to make this happen, not to mention working ahead on the weekend… I try very had to strike a balance between these crazy weeks/crazy workouts and managing my time and staying on top of my work (sometimes overwhelming, though).
Dr. Bahl had also found a second runner in town who was going to do the second half of the workout with me in Red Wing (which still floors me… how many people are willing to help).
I wrote both the triathlete and the second training partner to tell them the plan was off. *Sigh*
I was pretty bummed. I told myself that it was okay, though, that I’m very mentally tough and that I’d do my best alone in Northfield a little later in the day. Good practice for the marathon when I won’t have training partners lined up along the route to help push me.
But… the most wonderful offer came in — Craig said he’d be willing to help, biking the first portion and running some of the second (don’t think I’ll allow him to do the entire second half, again, he has a big focus race this weekend). WOW. Seriously?!? I stared at the offer for a while, stunned. This is honestly the nicest offer EVER.
Guess this is just an example of how many people are willing to help – the people I’ve met along this journey, the sponsors, family, etc. I can’t thank everyone enough.
Now, just have to get through the workout… wish me luck!!
Oh — should also mention that Brenden and I made it through the 8×1 mile, averaging 5:53, nailing the last two in sub 5:47. I struggled with the heat a lot (did it mid-day), but that was still 10 secs/mile faster than last year’s workout. Wow!!