Even though I am in the midst of several early season running events, I am also beginning training for my second go at Ironman Texas. With this changed perspective my early training is including a greater emphasis on running for several other events prior to IMTX. I really feel like I am entering into these early IMTX preparation sessions having a better overall fitness level than I did last year. In the last 3 weeks I have included long runs of 26.2 and 18.1 miles, my cycling is ahead of last year in terms of speed across a distance (today's ride averaged 19 mph over 48 miles) and my swim times and swim distances are also ahead of where I was last year at this time. Overall, I should be looking at solid improvement across my Ironman training and racing compared to last year.
One of the big question marks is how I respond to the Rocky Raccoon 50 mile event in 2 weeks--an event which I have wanted to do for a few years, but also an event which I can honestly say that is tough enough that there is no guarantee of success, especially considering I will be cautious enough to try to not ruin my IMTX race preparation with this event. Even so, I am looking forward to this effort to continue to broaden myself and see how far I can stretch my abilities.