I feel old and I also feel the old me coming back.
The fun and exciting aspect of getting back into shape is accomplishing little goals every day. Two years ago I would have laughed at the idea of running 5 miles as a great workout day. Five miles would be equivalent to an easy off day run. Today I ran 5 miles and it was a great goal to accomplish.
Another aspect I love about getting back into shape is realizing what a machine my body is. I am a machine! This past weekend I worked out for at least 5 hours of hard training with 3 hours in the pool. I am only a couple of months into working out again so this great weekend of training is a very positive sign. The most positive sign is how my body feels today. It feels great!
Although I am enjoying the old feelings coming back I am also keenly aware that I am getting older. I do not believe I will run best times again but thankfully I have never really maximized my potential as a triathlete. With the way my swimming is going I think I will be swimming fast by summer. Already I am swimming times close to what I was capable of when training for triathlon.
The biggest sport news I have is that I bought a speedy road bike and I love it. I finally understand how people can spend all day on their bikes training and why people love their bikes so much. My Cannondale CAAD 8 is sweet (a Cannondale rider won the tour of Beijing, FYI).
Looking forward I am running in the Whistler 50 this weekend with a group of strangers. I know one person on the team. I am running a 12.8 km leg which will be a challenge. I will run a tempo on Wednesday (first tempo in 1.5 years!) and see what happens. I am mostly really excited to train really hard again. I have my fire back!