Aug200705

Why was I dragging my feet on this one? Well, I was not ‘dragging my feet’ but I guess I was thinking about how much more enticing it would be to sleep in and eat pancakes on Sunday morning. NEVER! (well, yes, sometimes…) but this was one FUN RACE to wake up early for. Well we almost didn’t make it as I forgot my helmet and about 15 min into our 40 minute drive we had to come back home, but it all turned out just fine. This was Jack and Adams ‘Jack’s Generic‘ Sprint triathlon. It was out at the Texas Ski Ranch about 40 minutes south of Austin, just a sprint (500 yd swim/15 mile bike/3 mile run). To me, this is hard. So short you have no time to ‘get into a rhythm’ but you have to GO. From the GUN. Which = Hurt. But the good side is, it is over with quickly. The pain is temporary.

The swim was warm and short. Just one little ‘loop’ of the Texas Ski Ranch lake. They do all of these cool skiing events there, like we saw people being pulled by some pulley’s water skiing afterwards. Looked like FUN. Anyhoo…back to the race…came out just on the heels of Amy Marsh, a great local triathlete and swimmer. And cyclist, bad for me. 🙂 She got on the bike and she was gone. Whoosh. But that was ok, I put my head down on my new Orbea Ora TT bike (I felt so fancy on it) and powered away to the best of my ability. I came off the bike feeling ok…tired and ready to dismount. Off on the run, a short 3 miles out and back. My legs were tired but they were still there, and MUCH to my surprise I clipped off a very solid run of about 17:36, woa…I think that was 5:52/mile pace? Honestly, I have no idea how b/c it felt TOUGH and not that fast. But, I’ll take it!

It was an awesome event! I wish I had been able to partake in the previous Texas Tri Series races (Couples Tri for example) but the travels have not allowed to do it all…in any case, the next local one will be The Austin Triathlon, September 3. But this one was just a very cool event. Tons going on afterwards, games, beer, food, and tons of friendly people. Jack and Adams team and many other local Austin-ites did great and it was a fun time. Thanks Jack and Adams ‘crew’, you all work your tails off and it came together nicely. And thanks to AJ Zelinski and ATX Rehab for being at the race and giving treatments, ya’ll keep us healthy and it is so much appreciated. Thanks as well to Zoot for my awesome race gear, especially the new blue ride (Orbea)!

I feel lucky to be able to go out and have such an enjoyable Sunday morning…blessed that my body can do these amazing things, sometimes we get so wrapped up in the daily ‘grind’ of what we do we forget to stop and realize how appreciative we should be to use the gifts we are given. Also, to note, the 3 Stories Moon Pie track meet (‘The only one on the planet. We hope.’) Friday night was a huge success. It was a lot of fun to watch some very tough runners out there, enduring the hot Austin evening, running into the dark. Inspiring to watch! Thanks so much for reading.

Aug200702

…or just drink a beer instead of worrying about it?

I have enjoyed the week of getting back to my routine, which despite being quite busy this week, it is good. There are a lot of little ‘opportunities’ that have come up which are exciting. I can get stressed easily, yet I probably get bored even easier…so this is a good thing. I finally got on my new Orbea Ora TT bike! It feels awesome. Odd, definitely; That whole shifting thing is totally new to me. I even got my SRM on it this week, so I can start to see if I am a power machine on this bike. 🙂 One could only hope…

I really jumped back into training, only one week off and I was rearing to go. Maybe a bit too much, as I have been pretty tired. Which is OK, but I think when you ‘go’ as much as I (and many of us) do, you really need to monitor those fatigue levels well. I decided to sign up for the Redman 1/2 Ironman which is September 22, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I have a lot of family there (aunt, uncle, cousin, etc) and my parents will come down as well, so to me it will be a great time to visit and get in a good training effort as well. It is a smaller, low-key race which is nice for a change. My debate is Chicago Triathlon, as I am in limbo. One minute I think I want to race it 100%, the next minute I feel like I have been going non-stop for a few months and maybe I need some more time at ‘home base’. I’ll need to decide soon, as it is on August 26th, just 4 weeks away. We shall see…in the meantime, I will get ready for the 3 Stories Racing MOONPIE TRACK MEET tomorrow night (I’ll help out, as I am running in the AM) and JACK’S GENERIC sprint triathlon on Sunday…”Where you’re more than a number, you’re a barcode.” What an awesome slogan?!

That is it for me right now. Rather than mulling this over, I am going to enjoy my STONE IPA (Yes, Stone Brewing in San Diego, CA…I LOVE YOUR BEER, you can sponser me if you want…just product will do) and make an omlette for dinner. Happy Thursday. 🙂

Jul200729

(Pictures: Top me swimming in ‘Lake Barbara’, @ my parents place ~ Bottom, a view of their lake in the fall)
Well, I got back from a few days in Indiana and it was NICE! I decided that after Racine, I needed a week off from training. Well, I tried my best…I did not ‘train’ per-say, but I did some nice easy things. My parents have a place about 1 hour south of Indianapolis, and it is BEAUTIFUL. Tucked back in the woods near Brown County, on a small lake. I took a walk with my mom one morning, I swam in their lake and I drank wine. 🙂 It was nice to take some time to reflect on the weekends race and also, clear my mind of things. We can get so wrapped up in the daily grind, whether that is work, training, or even our personal life…there is nothing better than to sometimes slow down and well, literally do nothing. A few evenings, my mom and I went down to the dock around 5:00, swam for 20-30 minutes, then enjoyed some wine while we fished. Didn’t catch much, as they just must not have been very hungry…but it was so beautiful, you would never realize that Indiana could be so gorgeous and peaceful.

I feel like I am ready for the second half ‘push’ of my season. It is so easy to be hard on ourselves. I mean, I went into Spirit of Racine truely wanting to and believing I could win it, or maybe finish top 3. Finishing 6th, I could be disappointed…but then, I put up a best time and I felt fantastic. I had my parents there supporting me, I had a few great friends there as well, and I am lucky enough to go out and do these amazing ‘things’. In reality, I feel like the luckiest person in the world. And I can honestly say, I take absolutely nothing for granted. But being able to slow down this past week, step back and take some rest time, it allowed all of this to ‘soak in’ so to speak. One thing that I believe I struggle with is ‘selling myself short’. In the midst of having a great race, or coming out ahead in the swim (where I am winning the race!) I start to think “OK, when will they start passing me…” This is something I am working on, not thinking this but rather thinking “Hold ’em off. And if/when they pass you, keep them in sight.” I am trying to tell myself I belong to be up at the front, that this is where I am fully capable of being. I think that my ability to step away from the sport, the intensity and just appreciate being a part of it all allows me to keep things in perspective.

In any case…these are my thoughts for the day. 🙂 May not be worth too much, but I think it is great to put the thoughts into words occassionally, even when they are just contemplative and rambling. Thanks for reading. And I hope you are enjoying whatever you are doing, wherever you are. Because, well, life is flippin’ short.
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