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Sunday, April 25, 2010

And It's Done

The sprint tri has come and gone, and what a learning experience it was.

All morning the adrenaline pumped. By the time I jumped into the pool, I was a mess. I started out okay, but after the first two laps, I had caught up to three people in front of me. I couldn't go around them with people on the other side of lanes coming at me. I became so frustrated and discouraged, angry at myself for not having the guts to find a way to get around them. I truly think I could have finished faster if I had. I did finish at the ten minute mark, so I'm happy with this since it was my first tri, but I know I can do even better.

The bike was difficult. Pouring rain soaked me through almost as soon as I started out. Going east was good since the wind was blowing out of the west, but once I made the turn to head back, the easy going became a chore. I tried to make a strong finish once I had the straightaway, and I did pass some people who had taken off before me, so that was encouraging.

The run, ahhhh, the run. All along I've said running is not my forte. Today, I finished faster than I did for the Jingle Bell Run in November. I couldn't have asked for more than that. I actually settled in on the run and found a zone that made it seem even enjoyable. Maybe that was the high that happens after exertion over a long period of time.

Overall, I made my goal of finishing. I almost made my second goal of finishing under 1 hour 40 minutes. I finished at 1:41.56. Now I have a PR and can train to beat it next time out. Next time will be at the end of June, I think. First I'm going to do a relay with some friends from work; then I'll do one somewhere not too far away on my own.

One area I really need to work on is the transitions. Way slow. Downright embarrassing slow. But that's what it's all about--learning. I learned I am strong enough to swim, bike, then run. I learned I should have timed myself in the swim to get an accurate position in the line-up and not get stuck behind other slower swimmers. I learned the transitions can add time to the overall, which isn't so great. I learned riding in heavy rain actually feels kind of cool. And I learned running is something I'm getting better at. All in all, not a bad day.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Been awhile....

since my last post. Actually, I've been toying with the idea of deleting the blog. Doing so would mean one less thing I have to feel guilty about not working on. Over the last two years or so, I have been trying to live by the "enoughness" rule--having just enough in my life to not feel pressured, to not feel like a failure for not completing whatever may be on the plate at any given time, and to not interfere with family time. Enoughness also reflects my desire to be happy with less all the way around. I don't need the designer clothes anymore, the bigger house where I have a room to call my studio, or the vacations every summer. I'm happy with what I have.

That said, when I actually began writing this post, I decided to continue with it. I have some ideas for what I can use the blog for, and I'll see how it goes for awhile.

And with that said, I'm going to begin now, actually tomorrow, with my attempt at my first sprint tri. I've been training since December, swimming, biking, and running, running being my worst event of the three. I have seen an improvement with the running, so tomorrow will be the test. My first goal is just to finish--I know I will as my fitness level has gone up tremendously over the last three months. My second goal, and the one I'm really concentrating on, is to finish the run in thirty minutes or less. I have such a mental block when it comes to running, but I'm determined to bring my time down tomorrow, even if it means yakking while I'm doing it.

The only obstacle in my way is me. It's time to attack the obstacle and prove to myself I'm stronger than I've ever believed.