#1 - take it easy, don't push it. Save it for the last two. All I'm thinking is - if I slow down any more, I'm walking. The swoosh of my gortex pants was so annoying that I couldn't stand myself. Final push involves stairs to get to the top most point. Stairs, really!? And then, there it was...The Nashville Skyline before dawn. The town is still asleep and I get to see it from 'the top.' Yeah, this isn't the greatest picture but you get the idea. I was doubled over, heaving, trying to catch my breath and trying to catch a peak at this before I headed back down. The descent was questionable since it was dark and I was just hoping not to fall on the hill into the little DNA pool that constitutes Love Hill.
#2 - make this faster than the #1. Crap, really, faster?! I think I laid it on the line pretty good the first time. Nothing changes except for one thing - now I know what's at the top and I'm like a dog learning a new trick.
#3 - faster than #2 or #1, I don't know if I have it but I DO know that I have a treat waiting for me at the top and it is to be slightly different than the last two times. Yep, I have determined that I can train like a dog. If there's a little treat waiting for me, it sure makes it not so painful or at least not so repetitive. TOP for the LAST time ... ahhhh, doubled over, heaving, trying to catch my...breath...but look...more...sun...city...is...waking...up. Now, if there was just a snack and a coffee waiting for me on the last one, that would have taken the cake!
...and it's all been outside my 'front door' this whole time. Wow, I need to get out more! Recovery week for me and yep, you're right, I'm thrilled. I am currently nursing a nagging shoulder so it'll mostly be cycling, running and shoulder rehab for me. Forgive me if I seem to be lacking in swim here. It'll just have to wait a few weeks.