They say that if you're on the ground watching a tornado move, and then there come a few seconds when it doesn't appear to be moving at all, that that is the point where you should become terrified...
...because when it seems like a tornado isn't moving, that means that it's headed your way!
Sometimes it's so easy to not see any progress in your training. Sometimes you feel as if you just put in a good workout, but, hey, that's about it.
It is during these times that you can be sure the payoff is coming, that the tornado is headed in your direction.
My first tri was June 28, 2008. It took me 27 minutes to complete the 400 yard swim. During my swim training 2 days ago, it took me approximately 12 minutes to finish up 400 yards.
I am...just...completely...floored. I knocked a little over 50% off my time on that distance.
The girl who won the race was my age. She finished the swim in 9:02. The girl with the fastest swim time was three years younger than me. She finished it in 6:57.
Looks like my training these past few months has indeed paid off, even when I have doubted many times that it ever would.
The tornado appeared to be standing still, but all these months, a faster time was twisting its way into my life.
Every workout is just another step closer to the goal. Even, and perhaps especially, when it doesn't seem like it.