Monday, January 31, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
There was a good stretch of time over the summer where I was constantly frustrated with my swim. I would look at everyone around me and feel that everyone was improving EXCEPT me. I was constantly comparing myself to others and of course, never measuring up. I would try to push myself in the water but was mistaking kicking harder for going faster...it just didn't work like that. My coach, Gena, reminded me that I had come a long, long way but that just as I was improving, so was everyone else. Focus on what I needed to focus on and don't worry about what everyone else is doing. Those words of wisdom worked and carried me through the remainder of 2010.
2011 started and as training got back to a normal pattern, I found those familiar feelings of frustration creeping back in and had to remind myself almost daily that I was doing better. I've taken 4 minutes of my 300 time. FOUR MINUTES. That is something to be happy about. Who cares that there are still a lot of people way faster than me. I improved and I did it mostly on my own (but of course with the help of coaches telling me what to fix and teammates constantly encouraging me). As I thought about it more & more, it seemed silly to me that I was so caught up in comparing myself to others and not improving as quickly. I'm not trying to win IMTX. I'm trying to find a way to swim faster, more efficiently so I have energy to get me through the rest of my 16 or 17 hour day.
Waking up this morning, I was thinking about the soreness I was feeling in my shoulders, legs, back or anywhere else I used a muscle. A main set of 20x100 at a pretty solid pace was punishing but so, so fun. FUN?!? Say what? Yes, more than anything, I had a ball last night. Chris & I pushed each other, encouraged each other, gave direction (slow down) and then shared a pretty half-ass high 5 at the end as neither of us had much left to raise our arms. That's what this is all about. Doing the hard work and having FUN with it. Sure, the frustrating times will come & go but what's important is how I handle it. If I'm constantly focused on getting better, I will be my own worst enemy. But if I focus on the fun and what I'm doing right, those improvements may just rear their pretty little heads again.
Me & Luke having FUN post-race
I won't be setting any 19 year old records and that is A-OK. I'm learning lots of good lessons and truly enjoying what I'm doing. I don't think I can ask for much more than that!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Knowing in my heart of hearts that the the outfits above are probably not realistic options, I decided to continue my search for the perfect "outfit". Just when I'd lost hope, I stumbled upon these very cool Asics and decided they would be the centerpiece of my IMTX Race Day ensemble and I would build from there. The foundation is laid, now I only need to build my house. I plan on doing some research and making sure these sweet looking shoes will be comfortable enough. Maybe they will, maybe they won't. Either way, they're a start and the best idea I've come up with as I'm sure you'll agree. I will be the most glorious streak of pink & yellow come May 21st!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Me with my "babies" before heading out to dinner. Love them!
After a very good TT (time trial) on my bike today, I decided to test out the tripod my sister gave me for my Flip. LOVED IT! The tripod strapped easily to my aero bars and I then attached the Flip. I kept the test ride short in the event the Flip tried to flip off (tee hee). The video was very bouncy but that's to be expected. Overall, I was very pleased with the test ride and am looking forward to taking this out with me when I'm riding with the group.
A snapshot from my Flip. Very cool huh?
When I got home, I was reminded of how much I love my tri bike. Like I've mentioned a few times before, I have been somewhat uneasy on the bike since my fall. I know what you're thinking, "get over it already". Well, I agree! I can't help it though! Every time I look at my left thigh and see the dent that is STILL there, I remember how bad that fall hurt and how scary it was. My TT today definitely helped me so much. Keeping an average of about 19mph was an awesome feeling AND I did it while staying in aero the whole time. Oh yeah! The ride was a bit windy and that's when I typically pop out of aero but not today. No sir. I stayed down and just pedaled away. So here you go, another picture of my QR with her older sister (my Motobecane road bike) next to her. I actually LOVE both my bikes. My Motobecane stays on the trainer but gets out of the house once a week when it's time for our spin class. She seems to like the time out! Kind of funny that both my bikes are white & blue. Totally unplanned!
My next post will be devoted to my attire for Ironman Texas. Yes, I realize it's January and the race is not until May but I am a female. I'm also a planner. My good friend Jill was giving me some IM tips since she's experienced and mentioned I would want to plan my race day wardrobe. Oooooohhhhhh. I never thought about that. While comfort is key, I've decided I must wear something my fans (errrr family) can spot easily. I have a few thoughts in mind but am open to any suggestions that aren't completely stupid (Kevin).
Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
So there you go, a picture of my real life "clean slate" (sorta). Stay tuned as I'm pretty certain the training posts will be increasing the further we get into 2011!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
For me, NYE was just what the doctor ordered....low key with lots of laughs. Stef & Cristian came up to The Woodlands and we went to Keith's house to celebrate with two of his daughters, Heather & Hannah, as well as Hannah's friend Cassidy. We made snacks, goofed off, played a quick board game and watched Dick Clark's Rockin' NYE. Just in case some of us didn't make it to midnight Houston time, we celebrated when NY celebrated and then did have a 2nd celebration at our "real" midnight.
It's Sunday and I'm writing this very quickly before I get in my workouts of the day. I promised a few months back I was trying to make my blog more exciting or something to that effect and haven't done the best job making good on that promise. I've experimented with a few different backgrounds and am sticking with simple polka dots for now. Heather sent me the link to a really cute triathlon background but it covers up some of the other elements I have that I don't really want to give up so I decided to compromise. We'll see, I may not be able to resist the tri background for long as it really was perfect (thanks Heather)!
It's time for the heart of the journey to begin, probably the most difficult part of the journey. While I feel super motivated & excited now, I'd be crazy to think I can maintain that type of attitude through May. I'm going to have a boat load of distractions between now & then and it's going to be super important to stay focused. I've got a niece to arrive in 8 weeks, Heather's baby will be here in 10 weeks, a 70.3 in less than 100 days, busy season at work and life! So much packed into such a short time. Like I've said before, I think I've learned a huge lesson from 2010 in that I know what I need to do this year to make everything come together: work, training and having some down time. Who needs a New Years resolution when you've got all this to balance?!?
Ready or not 2011, here I come!