On Saturday, with less than two weeks to go until the duathlon I signed up for, and having missed some of the training days I was counting on to prepare for that, I was getting discouraged.
However, I went out to the jogging trail at the lake anyway, and was able to jog 3 miles in a better time than the last time I did it, three weeks ago.
....Which was very encouraging. So I'm thinking I'll go ahead and do the duathlon even though I'm not as prepared as I thought I'd be by this point. I'll just keep working up to it and be as prepared as I can be.
....And regard it as a training exercise, not as a race (which is how the organizers are talking it up, in emails I get every couple of days).