Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy Monday!

Two days after the Utah Half Iron we went to New York to visit Glenn's family for six days. Getting home was great, though I felt like I needed a vacation after that trip.

So, the next few days were spent not doing much -- but NOW, it's time to push forward again!

Couple of things:

1. My new home office is ready to work in. First day of work in there: TODAY! Tony found me an awesome desk and chair and Glenn put an air conditioning unit in there yesterday. All that's left is to decorate the walls and my own private QUIET space is done!

2. I've made some changes to the second half of my race season which I'm very excited about! I've taken the Beach 2 Battleship Half Iron off the schedule and instead added the Nathan's Tempe Sprint, the Ragnar Relay and the Pumpkinman Sprint!!

As I was reaching my taper for Utah, I had pretty much decided I needed a break from long course training. After Utah I was sure of it. Training was starting to become a burden rather than a blessing and, since we always have a choice about what we do, I chose to make some changes.

And I really feel revitalized because of it! This week marks my first week of "serious" short course training -- last week was awesome as the schedule got me back into the swing of things (I didn't train at all while in NY). Training, for me, must be fun as well as challenging, breaking through, and all that stuff, so my decision is 100% right! For ME!

I seriously still have flashbacks of Silverman, quite often. I mean real flashbacks where I see myself on the course, feeling the feelings and emotions I was having, and knowing that I can do WHATEVER I set my mind to. Utah simply added to the rich racing history I'm creating for myself. I wouldn't trade training for that or racing that for anything.

The best part of all this is that I get to be at Silverman this year! As a volunteer/spectatator/screaming fan. As far as I'm concerned that race has magic attached to it. And I'm a part of that.

Have a great week everyone!!!!!!


Alisa said...

I think you made a really smart decision. Similar to how I feel about training for a marathon right now. I wouldn't give up my experiences but I also feel really happy about my decision to not train for a marathon in 2010.

P.S. Thanks for that really nice comment and your email. I will definitley be coming up with some questions to email you =). Thanks.

Molly said...

It sounds like a really good decision for you and you are much more enthusiastic about what is ahead now! Same as when I cut Augusta out of the schedule :) I have to look up if I will be down in AZ in time for Nathans...would be great to meet you!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I'm glad that modifying your schedule helped revitalize you. Remember, you do this because you WANT to not because you HAVE to. :-)

ShirleyPerly said...

Well, I'm disappointed that I won't be getting to meet up with you at B2B but completely understand that everyone needs to do what's right for them. Proud of you for taking control and making changes rather than trying to stick with something that really wasn't making you happy. It amazes me how many people do the latter.

Best of luck with the new direction!

KodaFit said...

And with Shirley's disappointment, I'd like to add my complete delight!! Now I can have some on site advise and encouragement for my first attempt at Silverman!!

Sounds like a good decision - I suspect I'll face a similar choice after IronMan next year.

If you're not enjoying it, there really isn't a point!

Wes said...

I really like that. Keep it fun, but challenging. In the end, you answer to nobody but yourself :-)

Kelly said...

I commented once, but it didn't show up?!

Anyway, I'm glad that you are changing your schedule in a way that makes you happy. The amount of time and commitment it takes to do longer distances is amazing which is why they don't appeal to me ;-)

I'm also glad in a selfish way because maybe we can train together some since you're back to shorter distances...I might have a chance at keeping up!

Kevin said...

Too bad I wont get to meet you at B2B, but completely understandable. After this year, I wont be doing any long tris for at least a year. I just havent had the motivation this year.

Dave said...

I actually just ran into a couple on vacation that do Ragnar every year. Sounds like fun! Our group that does those kind of relays is taking this year off, but it looks like we'll be back at it next year. :)