Like a mentioned in my blog post a few weeks ago, there is a lot of uncertainty in our family right now. I try hard, and have been pretty good about not complaining about the Army. The Army has been a provider for us, and has given us a mostly comfortable life. However, not knowing if this deployment is going to happen is really irritating. You think I would be used to it by now, 2 deployments myself and Joel's 2 deployments, this wouldn't be our first rodeo. But I really need to know if this rodeo is going to take place, there is a lot of planning involved, and lots of affairs to get in order. Its frustrating at times, especially when trying to plan ahead for the end of the year, when I don't even know if Joel is going to be here or not. That's where the uncertainty comes in, not knowing if this deployment is going to happen or not.
11 days until the New Orleans 70.3. After the last few sessions I have had in the pool, I am now glad I am not doing an ironman this year. I am getting that gassed feeling once I get to around 1300 meters. I am going to take this season and the winter to really work on my swimming. My swim is becoming the pink elephant in the room. In the past 2 races, I am keeping up with the fast girls on the bike and run and transitions, but I am 3-5 minutes behind them in the swim. In a sprint tri 3-5 minutes is a big deal.
I registered for the Muncie 70.3, and also registered Joel for the Jekyll Island Olympic on May 19th. I am doing this race as well, for both of us it will be our first olympic triathlon. Olympic is the only distance I haven't completed so I don't know what to expect. I do know I will lose a lot of time in the swim, but since the swim is long-ish, and the bike will be 28 miles (per the website) and the run a 10k, I might run out of miles to make up for my bad swim time.
Joel is doing his first century ride on May 5th. He has actually been training for it. Yesterday he went on a 70 mile ride and he actually found some hills.(!) He assured me he didn't see any dogs on this route so I might just have to join him. My only hilly race left this season is Augusta 70.3, but I want to do well at that race, so that means I need to do some hills.
Sometimes I take a step back and still can't believe the changes I have made in my life have influenced Joel's life. I never thought I would even be able to get him to do a 5k with me, now he has done half marathons and a marathon with me, is doing an olympic with me, doing a century on his own, and want to do a half ironman if his work ever stabilizes enough for him to have adequate time to train. Just amazing!
Also amazing I must add, my best friend Loraine doing the all women sprint tri in Acworth in August with me. I just knew sooner or later she would want to get in on the fun. I just hope she has fun and isn't miserable during the race, then I will feel bad for egging her on. We have been besties for 10 years now, so we are pretty good judges of what the other is capable of, and I really think she can handle this race.