After a rather awkward ending to my first job out of college my former manager said to me, "you're really a glutton for punishment aren't you?" Those words couldn't be any truer today. Today I decided to set my second date to dance with the Ironman at Ironman Coeur d'Alene on June 27, 2010!!!!!! I remember the pain, the sacrifice and the misery endured training for and finishing Ironman Lake Placid in 2008 but that race left me thirsty for so much more.
The search for my next coach, the obsession with my Navigator and excitement over the results I posted at this year's Mooseman were all directed towards ensuring I would be capable of preparing for my second Ironman. Ironman Lake Placid meant so much to me, but I was far too novice in the sport and far too new to diabetes to really relish in the athletic challenge of it all. Training for the 2010 IMCDA provides the perfect platform to test the nutrition protocols I've been working on for the past two years and to feel what its like to compete at this distance with experience.
On Saturday I completed my first training session under Eric's coaching, I cannot begin to express how alive I felt under a workout program again. The strategy it takes to prepare for an Ironman is just awesome and keeps me energetic and enthusiastic each and every day; add to that the knowledge I can gain in blood sugar management with a better heart rate device and better blood sugar monitor and this year is just going to be amazing. I can't wait to encounter all the surprises, twists, turns, bumps, bruises and smiles I will have on my path to June 27, 2010. Blood sugar high or low, I'm looking forward to this ride!