Some things have changed, my experience level, my training, my career path, but many things have not like my heart, my love for this sport and my belief that the best is yet to come.
In the mean time I refuse to be defined by, or deterred by my results.. In fact, I feel pretty good about where I am at this very moment. One evening last week I went for a run in one of my favorite places, North Park. I had a friend along who was willing to hit the trails with me and even though sometimes that's not the best for steady heart rate training or race specificity, I just needed a break for my brain from the day in day out grind. I needed to see the leaves falling in all their color from the trees and feel nature all around me. It was a perfect fall evening - 68 degrees, sunny and bright. While we climbed hills and watched our footing on narrow trails, I couldn't help but smile like a goofy kid. It was like play time and here I was chatting with my friend, seeing these amazing sights and dreaming about the future.
I like to look around and soak it all up, where I've been, and the fact that I may not ever be at this particular moment or juncture ever again. Thankfulness abounds for the gifts I've been given and I try to take time to enjoy the small things like this run last week that might not have had perfect heart rates, but sure had so many other perfect parts!!
Rev 3 Flordia in two weeks and then Ironman Arizona on November 18th!
The next two weeks bring on my biggest training of the whole year with close to 27 hours that second week. I'm scared, but I'm sure there is nothing that I can't handle (and at the end, I'll do a half ironman). Sometimes I wish all I had on the schedule was training, but I think I would be bored with that too so I'm glad the Fuel Your Passion Coaching and Sports Nutrition Counseling is in full swing.
Look forward to a lot of bitching and complaining about being tired to come! As they said last year for our Ironman Kona theme:
KO ALOHA LA EA
Keep Your Love..
Yes, I think I'll do just that :)