My sixth week of training for the Ironman World Championship, already? I’m getting used to the fact that I am almost always close to a week behind on blogging. Last week’s training was awesome and brought up three important things for me. You probably want here about my actual physical training but instead this week I’ll share some other important parts of training.
1) Overcoming adversity
I arrived the pool last Wednesday to find it was closed. A simple reminder about overcoming adversity. So was the following day (a bike day) when the rainstorms never ended. It was a reminder of the importance of overcoming roadblocks while training and on race day. You’ll usually find a roadblock or two somewhere along the course of 140.6 miles but there’s almost always a way around them. I found myself cycling indoors for the first time in months which turned out to be a good thing. I was so incredibly bored but I realized it challenged my mind to be okay with “what is.” Cycling indoors was out of my control, like many things in a race, and I knew that in a matter of hours I would push through it. By the end of the workout I realized I actually enjoyed parts of it.
The highlight of week 6 was traveling to DC to race Nation’s Triathlon. Race report to follow later this week. It fell on the two year anniversary of my first triathlon which was also Nation’s Triathlon. Both times I raced the Olympic although the first time I stuffed my $250 craigslist bike that I purchased 9 days prior in the back seat of my car, didn’t tell any friends and drove up alone. I did not have a single triathlon friend at the time. This time I had an awesome visit and stayed with my Ironman Lake Placid friend Stephanie. This week was a reminder of the people I have met on my journey through triathlon. All of us share something in common which is our passion for triathlon. Every triathlete has a different story- how they got into it, their motivation, the challenges they have had to overcome to get there, what drives them, and the experiences that have shaped who they are. I feel such gratitude for many of the people I have met, continue to meet, and the new friends I have made along the way training and racing. I am especially grateful for those I have met through the Ironman community, as there is something unique about this part of the community that continues play a meaningful roll in my life. And my final reminder that came up during week 6 is that no matter how big or how small, keep dreaming. Just after finishing the Nation’s Triathlon on Sunday I vividly flashed back to how I felt the first time I crossed that finish line. So much has changed in just two years. I never would have guessed two years ago that I’d be Kona bound in 15 day. (Gasp…I just googled days until departure and can’t believe I leave in 15 days.) Sometimes things may seem so out of reach we don’t even take the steps to begin. But the truth? Sometimes they are closer than we think, maybe sometimes they actually just around the corner. Whatever it is you’re aiming towards, dream big and always keep dreaming.
I just looked and see my clock says it’s about lunchtime. That can only mean one thing since I didn’t train this morning…another workout is looming. At the moment I am sitting here blogging and I’m probably a little too comfortable. But in a matter of minutes I will have to get up and push myself through a two hour run. And I look forward to it.