This is really the only way to start this post out. When I signed up for Ironman in the summer of 2008, I knew it was going to be difficult and take a lot of hard work but I couldn’t wait for the challenge. The season really began in November in the Thompson’s basement with BAT’s (Bikes and Trainers). They offered up a place and workouts and I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to workout with two of the best triathletes in the area. What made it even better was all my teammates who joined us morning after morning and so many evenings to turn the basement into a sweat lodge.

Between the BAT’s and the Headlamp Runs at the Gallagher’s house, I was able to start the season in the best shape I have ever been in. We had a ton of fun doing some crazy workouts in snow, rain, sleet and there might have even been some hail.

With my focus on Ironman, the goal was to build a huge base and add volume throughout the early part of the season. I was able to throw in a few races which really help to keep me motivated and keep the eye on the prize. I had to fight through a few injuries along the way but when June 21st rolled around, I knew I was going to finish the race. I sure wish I would have been injury free but I played the cards I was dealt was able to complete one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I couldn’t have done it without all the support from my teammates.

It wouldn't be a season review without mentioning A+. This group of special people provided me so much support throughout the entire season. They were great motivation when that 4 hour ride in the middle of the week just didn’t look like fun. I can definitely say they were the main reason I was able to get to the 5:30am rides in the winter and the 5:30am swims all season long. You DO NOT want to get that 'WTF' text message or picture if you just happen to think crawling out of your bed just didn't sound good. It just wouldn’t have been the same without you guys. Thanks a ton.

With next season just around the corner, it is time to enjoy a bit of time off. One highlight was a trip to Kona to watch the Ironman World Championships. This was my first trip to Hawaii and it was awesome to see some of the greatest athletes in the world tackle one of the toughest events ever.

With another Ironman looming in the distance, I will be training throughout yet another winter. Thanks again for reading and commenting all season long.


Spokane Al said...

Congratulations on a great season. I will be looking forward to following your racing adventures in 2010!

Matt said...

Great season Steve! You had a very fast and consistant races throughout '09, your just gonna crush it more in '10 and now IM #2 so safe to have goals, from what they say of course..keep it up!

jessithompson said...

Great post and reflection, Keve. YOu are bad ass - FO SHO! - can't wait for all that the next year has in store!!!

Ben Greenfield said...

Dude, please don't get much faster. I don't want to have to fend the likes of you off. Seriously nice season, tough. Seriously.