This has become a big adventure week for me. Started a new job and started the formal training plan for Ironman Mont Tremblant. New bus routes, new technologies, new schedules, new challenges. 2012 is shaping up to be quite a year.
The new job is completely different from my old one, and I am out of my comfort zone a bit. After banging out code and fixing bugs like a monster for the last few years, figuring out a new system from scratch feels rather foreign. It's fun though, and makes me think in new ways - and that's good. I have my security pass and codes for the bike lockup (called the Cage) but still searching for shower options nearby. For now, the mens washroom will suffice when I need it.
Training is off to a good start, mind you only two days are done. A solid swim near 4k and two bike trainer sessions are done. Trying really hard to set this week in motion by not missing a planned workout. Feeling tired already, but I think its the adjustment to 4.30am alarms from late night XBox attacks. Why I bought that thing before training started is beyond me. :)
One thing that was harder than I expected was leaving the crew at my old workplace. The amazing show of support from everyone (well, excluding one person in particular) was a total surprise. People openly thanked me for my efforts and attributed some of their successes to my time with them - never expected that. I was touched by these people and their gratitude and I am happy I could be such a positive part of their professional lives. I certainly hope to cross paths with them again, and will do my best to keep in touch.
For many weeks I gave been counting down to March 5 to prepare for the start of my training plan. That day has come and gone much quicker than I could imagine. But with that comes a new countdown that may pass by even faster - 24 weeks to August 19 and my first Ironman. Nearly at the midpoint of Week 1, the target is in sight. This will challenge me on many levels, and I hope I am ready for it. Well, its not like I have a choice.
More later, even though I wish I had more now. Only half way through the bus commute....