Thursday, August 18, 2011
I got this book called the Ironplanner to help me prepare for the 70.3 I'm competing in next June. I choose to say competing because I want to solidify in my own mind that my goals for this race, after over two and a half years of building my endurance experience, is to finish somewhat middle of the pack instead of end of the race/ barely within the time limits. Who knows what will really happen when I do my first actual triathlon as a half-ironman, but it's nice to set these goals and strive to reach them. I have allowed myself the freedom to experience and to grow into doing endurance sports AT ALL in the past couple years; now it's time to challenge myself because I know I can.
Anyway, a cool thing about the Ironplanner is that it gives you tons of tips, ideas and activities to use to plan, prepare and set goals for your event. It's framed around the Ironman itself, but I think with a little modification it can be useful to me.
One of the first activities it has you do to build your mental toolkit, is to create a "Race Resume." A resume to prove to yourself that you are worthy of this (half)Ironman challenge. A quote I love from the description states, "You will wait at the starting line with a healthy dose of fear, but it should come from respect for the distance, not from doubts about whether you belong there." I love that, especially because respect for the distance is something I think I hold genuinely inside me- it's what propelled me to run marathons and what gave me the humility to ride a bike across the country. You cant approach these things taking for granted the element of surprise or gravity of how far past your own imagination of limits you will go. You just cant.
I thought I would put what I had for my Race Resume here, since it might inspire others to create one. The point is to recognize your own achievements because that's where your confidence will come from. Any time I rode my bike after we had ridden 70, 80, 90, 100 mile days I could always think, "Hey, you've done this before. You know this. You got this. You did it before." As if doing it somehow sinks it into your bones. Not that I don't get that each day/race/event is different and you could run 25 marathons and still not be able to finish your 26th for some reason. Mentally, knowing you had what it takes before has helped me somehow get that far again and again because I try to recall the things that helped me the first time AND the things I learned and took away from making that first journey through the proverbial dark.
To compete in and finish the 2011 Mooseman 70.3. My goal is to finish somewhere in the middle of the pack for my age group - no more finishing last or cutting it scary-close to the time cut offs.
According to the 2010 results for Mooseman 70.3, 912 crossed the starting line. 71 did not finish. The last person to actually finish was a 35 year old man with a time of 8:43:30 total. The last female was 29 years old and did it in 8:11:32. 94 people finished in the 7 hour-8 hour range. 288 people finished in the 6 hour range. 359 people finished in the 5 hour range. person 1 - 83 finished in the 4 hour range and anyone faster was in the pro-athlete divisions. In my age group, 25-29, there were 45 total females. "Middle of the pack" of those 45 women would be when placeholders 22 and 23 came in. Their times were in the 6:30s.
I'm going to set my goal to be "Under 7 Hours"
- Have thoroughly read the website for the Mooseman 70.3.
- Working on the Ironplanner book and reading articles and training schedules online to gain familiarity/ experience with the race.
-Learning various aspects of bike repair; can change a flat, tighten brakes, check for mechanical issues, adjust parts/ fit bike to body needs. Know about various aspects of bike, bike safety, etc.
-Have read a few books on running.
-Took swimming lessons as a kid and can swim effectively.
-Participated in and finished the following races: Capital City Stampede 10K, Long Beach Int'l Marathon, 13.1 Unplugged, Corporate Cup 5K, Catamount Trail 5K, New York City Marathon.
-Jumped on a plane to go for a 10 mile run from Queens to Union Square.
-Pedaled 3,500 miles from coast to coast Summer 2011.
-Lost 65 pounds and counting to date. Completely reshaped my body. Improved blood pressure and resting heart rate.
-Worked way up to doing a pull up at the gym.
-I overcame pain and the agony of hill climbing by reaching Monarch Pass at 11,312 feet with nothing but the power in my own body over two wheels.
-I overcame major fear in riding a bike and pedaled so far this summer mentally and physically. I opened to the experience of loving cycling.
[[[PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES THAT WILL HELP WITH THIS RACE]]]
-I'm tenacious. I finish what I start. I have dedication and willpower that is genuine and I focus on the positive aspects of what I want and where I am going, and most importantly where I am in the process. I take time to really appreciate and savor where I am and try to see it as a true success.
-I do things in athletics and endurance and pertaining to my body now on intuition. I trust myself to know when the time is right to face the next challenge, and this hasn't failed me yet. In fact it has brought me to places I couldn't have even dreamed up, and places where I felt most vividly alive, and I crave that now.
-The things I learn by doing events and challenges like this. Learning what spirituality meant, what it meant to feel patriotic or American. Concepts that changed notions I already had from external places; replacing that "knowledge" with internal knowings... knowledge from real experience. I want to keep learning about myself the way only physical activities can foster.
-I want to honor the lives of people who came before me and who got their time cut too short and who would be doing the same things if they were still here. To be one more cyclist present on the road that forces drivers to remember we're always out there and that might change things for those ahead of me and those behind me. For Christina.
-I just want opportunities to respect my body more, respect the distances, respect the earth and the opportunities themselves.
-My AB girls! My spark friends! My friend Patti. Other athletes who "get it".
-Friends who cheer me on online and in person and who recognize what I'm doing as something that's important to me.
-Professionals around me who will support me participating in self care activities like sports - things that are beneficial to my own health and wellbeing.
Facilities I can use to make this happen:
-My home gym
-the sidewalks and roads of my town and surrounding towns. Routes mapped out already.
-Sports and Fitness Edge - 5 locations, 4 with pools.
-Lake Champlain if I have to.
I have two bikes to train on and use, a bike trainer for the winter, hand weights, yoga mat, running shoes, all the clothes and accessories I already need except for a wetsuit.
-I can put off some volunteering since I've done a lot in the past few months and year in order to make more time for training. I also have money from grad school living expenses so I can work less if I need to.
-I can devote all of my time currently (unemployed haha) and at least 12 hours when I am employed as that was what I was used to last year (1 class, 1 hour other a day, 6 days/wk)
[[[BACK UP PLAN]]]
-I can do the Mooseman to finish it and forget time goals if that is not feasible in the end.
-I can do a marathon in the fall if there is an unforeseen illness, injury or circumstance that prevents the Mooseman somehow.
What does your Race Resume look like? What do you want it to look like?