Training for the 70.3 seems to be about learning patience.
All forms of endurance training I've done have helped me build patience, and I'm not a particularly patient person. About the only time I'm patient is when I bake.
Remembering that going slow to keep my heart rate down in the beginning of the season will pay off (and it is).
Paying attention, and I mean REALLY paying attention to (no cheats - I'm looking at you Dunkin' jelly donut) to my diet.
But mostly, it's been about combating injuries. Well, only one true injury, with runner's knee, but lots of little annoyances.
I got a tri bike for the first time this year, and I love it. Makes a huge difference in my ride, and a noticeable difference on my run. However, after putting in some miles on it, I started to experience really severe saddle discomfort. Enter fun new things like saddle sores, chafing and things like Chamois Butt'r. I got a new saddle, the Fizik Vitesse Tri, and it's a little better, and I'm hoping it improves once I break it in more. This week though, after last weekend's ride, I developed a lovely saddle sore that has kept me off the bike on Wednesday, and I suspect is going to nix tomorrow's planned ride as well, so that I can get in my long ride on Sunday.
I know I'll get past these frustrations and temporary roadblocks, and I'm feeling really good about where my fitness is.
So I'm practicing patience. I can do this. The race is going to go great (52 days!) and it's going to be fun.