Thursday, July 22, 2010
Since getting back I have managed to get in some good training. I have really been enjoying the workouts and I feel motivation coming back. I even have a bit of a desire to race and go hard, which is a welcome feeling. It really is all about finding that "happy place" with training. I have been able to get out there with Lesley, which is really nice. She is a great motivator and we always have fun training together. You always needs someone on the same page to help with the daily grind and to put things into perspective. We share very similar views on training/racing so I think we are able to help eachother excel and really find the joys in the whole process.
I have quite a bit of travel coming up as I already mentioned. The good thing is that my travel takes me to some AWESOME training grounds. Between Monterey and the Santa Cruz mountains I will get in some great work. Then at the end of August I will be in Chicago for a week to do some Skinfit networking and I will be able to log plenty of hours with Adam Zucco...a great training partner.
Overall, I feel good and I am excited to see my motivation returning. Taking a step back for me was a great thing and has brought back some fire. I can't say with certainty that I will race nationals and worlds but it is looking like I will. If I keep on the path I am on I think I will be fit physically and mentally.
Got a good weekend on tap...long ride and swim on saturday with James and Beth and it's Jessica's Bday on Sunday so we will have a fun filled day.
Have a good weekend everyone. Thanks for reading!
Friday, July 16, 2010
I needed the break both physically and mentally but more mentally. I would be lying if I said I didn't question what I was doing trying to race, if I even have "it" anymore, and if I even have the motivation to chase my personal dreams and aspirations in the sport of triathlon. Let's face it, it is a lot of work (and money) to train and race triathlon and I think the weight of this coupled with my injuries and inability to log consistent training put a lot of stress into my daily life. When I step back from it all, I just think what's it all worth?
I have obviously done a lot of thinking and I realize the sacrifices I make are worth it in the long run b/c I want to look back at my racing life and be proud that I gave it my best shot. Whatever results come it is second to knowing that I honestly gave it a shot and tried my best. I can tell you with certainty that I will not be racing after next season (aside from the occassional fun, local event just to stay fit and active). Actually, the jury is still out that I will race next year but my gut tells me I will give it a go for one more year. Then, I am shifting gears to focus more on work and my family life with Jess. I love triathlon but you can only pour your heart and soul into something for so long before you reach a point of saturation...I am not far off from this point. Don't get me wrong, I think I still have some good racing left in me but I know it won't go past another full season. To race well you need that fire and killer attitude but we only have so much of this in us during our lifetime....once this is gone I don't really see the point in racing, it becomes about participation rather then winning. For some people this is enough but, for me, it's not and it will be time to pull the plug when the "fire" is out.
Here are some pics from Tahoe...