Tomorrow I am off for my second annual QT2 training weekend. MY second, I'm sure there were more before me. I'm pretty sure the weather looks good, which is nice to take care of one of those things we have no control over. Last year we lucked out in that in a month where it literally rained almost ever single day we really didn't have it too bad, only a bit of rain on I think one of our rides (although I was definitely awakened in the middle of the night due to a nasty thunderstorm once)
When I signed on to this camp it was supposed to be more of an intensity-oriented camp rather than last year where the focus was putting in huge miles in the final push to Lake Placid. See, I wasn't supposed to have to do another Ironman in July, but you know, circumstances change and I somehow procured a slot and now it is all about volume again. The volume will be less than last time, but a 7-hour bike ride is arduous whether or not you have to ride a whole lot more on the other days of the weekend. Fortunately, I am not the only one of my teammates who is racing in a month, so I will be far from alone. While I don't make a habit of training with other people, it is definitely a nice change of pace, especially when you get close to the race and mentally the training becomes a lot more difficult.
So I will be gone Thursday through Sunday, getting in plenty of swimming, biking and running. I'm not really upset that I've found myself in the position to race in Lake Placid again. In fact, all season long I was thinking how strange it would be to let the end of July show up and not be heading up there to race for the first time since 2003. Sure, it'd be nice not to have to do it, but at the same time, I'm kind of glad not to be missing out. Now if I could somehow find my long lost confidence in my racing abilities, things would be a lot better.
So I may or may not be able to update while I'm there. I remember from last year that theoretically we were supposed to have wifi at the house we were staying at, but it was definitely not the case. All I know is that I am sure that whatever happens, I will be ready to thoroughly enjoy a bit of rest starting on Monday before the final taper weeks of training. I can't believe I have to do it all again so soon. But it will be nice to take on a much "easier" course than last time.