Sunday, September 02, 2012
it could only be 7 days and counting to something i haven't ever tried. thank you for the you tube videos. i am grateful i have had skill drills. i am thankful for breathing drills. i have had no practice with a wet suit. nothing. i just want to come out on the other side intact. knowing me...i'll end up renting a suit and i'll add minutes to my transition but oh well. i think i could survive on what i had but the trouble is that it is colder where i live...with regard to where i am swimming. hotel room. gah. i have my bike and helmet inspected. i have swam plenty. i know this. i just have to coach myself on it. 3 months of swimming. this is NOT new. but i feel so new. i have done a duathalon. i got through it just fine. really i did. we are *just* adding swimming to this. this is not 100 percent new. sigh. this will be a good experience. i just need to get through it so i can know i have been through it and i'll be okay. right? right.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
You know that saying...if you wait until the time is right, or all conditions are perfect...then it will never happen.
I think a lot can be said for not waiting. Drop the self doubt. Drop the fear. Drop the disbelief. This is not to discount the tools or training you might need...but taking that first step is the beginning of something that could be great. Whether it's great in your books, or inspiring to others, or an exercise in self love and self respect. Are you sitting on the side of the pool, afraid to put your toe in the water?
I know I have done this to myself, but one thing that has come from my journey here on Spark People is confirmation and motivation to take on a challenge. I have never thought 'shucks I should be #1'. It isn't about #1. It's just about doing it. Make it your own. The fact that you did something, or are doing it now...now matter how big or small...that isn't the point.
Where is all of this going? Well, I got a bit excited about a great deal on a race. Except it is open water. I have not trained in open water. But I did go to a great swim clinic and I am doing a lot better in my swimming. I already have a closed water tri coming up. The swim is a little further, but you can stop and break if need be.
The thing is...I chose the closed water because it gave me a comfort zone. Which is great. If that makes you embrace it and excited then definitely go with something you feel is attainable. But don't forget to reach further for the next time. Because you can reach further. And so can I. So...I am throwing caution to the wind. Clueless wonderdog will do the Iron Girl Rocky Gap event on September 9th. The closed water event will be September 30th. Both are girls only events (which quietly makes me squeal because they are fun...and that's the least I should be thinking...have FUN...don't forget to have FUN).
I'll report back on my thoughts for sure. What do you have to look forward to? What new challenge have you created for yourself to keep you focused on how important you and your health are? I'd love to hear about it. That's what makes Spark so great.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Sometimes we get to say goodbye, and sometimes there isn't an opportunity or a time to do that. My hope for many Spark friends is that you do get the chance to say goodbye. Whether it is a friend moving away, or moving on to a new job, or having a really tough and sorrowful time of sending someone on to the other side. I think we deserve and need this important step, regardless of circumstance.
I have had this opportunity many times, but there is a time I didn't get to do this. I forgive my parents because of my age at the time and the circumstance...but I did not get to say goodbye to my late sister, who died 34 years ago today. What I remember is the pastor at our church coming for dinner, and we went to the cemetery and I knew she was gone. The words out of my mouth was that I did not want her to die. I was only 3. It is something I really hope a lot of 3 year olds do not have to go through. I hate cancer.
I really try to hold tight to what I remember of my sister, Janet. I remember her with hair. I remember when she had to wear a wig because her hair fell out after chemo treatments. I remember rushing to my Dad to tell him she fell out of bed and needed help. How awfully scary and sad a time that must have been for them, but I was so young and couldn't have that kind of talk with them. Here they were, less than 10 years into their marriage, burying their first-born. Just sad.
I am grateful the Lord blessed them with my sister Jennifer, me, and my brother John. I think we filled their hearts, their arms, and time, with a lot of business so that they could feel what they needed to, but had purpose and a lot of love yet to give us.
I wish my sister was here today, but I know that was not meant to be. Thanks for listening.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Gosh life sure seems busy and demanding these days. There is a lot of good that comes from it, and that is where I like to keep my focus. I helped with coordination and fundraising for a Women's Distance Festival that was held today. I loved seeing the gym full of Moms of all ages, daughters, sisters, and all the men who marshaled the course for us. It was a very good thing.
The event gives back to our community, and I love to be a part of things like that. I loved that it was on a safe route that allowed for options. You could run and place in your age group, or you could walk. I wasn't sure what I would be up for when I woke this morning. I have been struggling with a cold of some kind the last few days. I thought a run would be good for me to get things moving out of the sinuses, but I just didn't know.
As I stood in the gymnasium, along comes the mother of the best man in our wedding back in '98. I knew she frequented the YMCA that we go to, but I didn't expect to see her. Also, I had no idea that today's event was her very first 5k. I knew that feeling well. She asked me lots of questions, and I told her about my first experience. She commented how she hoped that she would have someone participating from her job or elsewhere. I thought to myself, well, she knows me...so she isn't alone. I wasn't trying to achieve any kind of PR for this one, and was really there because I had been a part of making the race happen as it should.
I decided that making sure her 5k was enjoyable and not lonely mattered much more than the time on the clock. I'm really glad that I did this, because she had a nice swift walk pace, and when the race was over...I didn't feel so hot. It was a good move overall, and she could remember that she had a friendly face. I applauded her for how fast her walking pace is, and how it was very close to what my running pace was as I started on my weight loss journey. In the end, I was encouraging her to consider walking an even longer distance in the future because she had such a decent pace.
We are often measuring ourselves and our ability by the clock. Today I chose to make those minutes good minutes, and not just fast ones.
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