Thursday, December 08, 2011
Sometimes you have to step back and look at what you have really done to really appreciate how far you have come. Life has a way of crowding in where you cant see the forest because there are too many trees in the way. I look back and see how far I have come and I have really done alot.
-Weight loss was pretty much a non-event for me this year. For me, distance training and weight loss do not mix. But I got in the best shape of my life in the mean time.
- I have run my best 5K time ever after almost 2 months of running inactivity.
- I ran more races this year than last year. a 10K, 2 half marathons, 1 full marathon and a 5K.
- Successfully trained for and finished a full marathon in spite of not being on the same work schedule for more than 7 days at a time. My schedule is as follows... 7 night shifts with 2 12 hr shifts 630pm-630 am- 4 days off :), 5 afternoon shifts 3 days off :), 7 days shifts w/ 2 12 hr shifts 630am-630pm 1 day off then back to nights. Challenging but not insurmountable. I deal with a real feeling of isolation on night shift. It feels like 7 days of solitary confinement but I'm working on the coping skills..
- got an indoor cycle trainer to train for my first century (100 mile on the bike) over the winter. Previous distance PR was 61 miles. I didnt train for it, i just did it so I think I got this hands down with a little training.
- Im learning how to swim again. Slowly I am getting better and am learning more endurance related swimming techniques in hopes of being able to do a TRI. I haven't swam since I was probably in 6th grade so this is major progress on my part.
-Balance. I'm learning to balance work, family, and training. The last thing I want is for my new love for endurance sports to cause friction. I have other responsibilities in life and need to make sure I put them in their proper order.
- Writing. I got my first blog published in the Daily Spark a little while ago. That has been a goal of mine for a while. I really enjoy writing and hope to do more in the future. For me, writing is therapy as well as a medium of expression and communication. In a way, it also blazes a trail for someone like me who is just getting started and has a long way to go. I guess people may forget me, forget my name, and forget what I have done personally but they will never forget how I made them feel. If someone can draw strength from something I wrote and that kept them going for just one more day and because they kept going, that was all it took for them to realize a goal, then I would have left the world a richer place.
Looking forward - this Winter and on to 2012
- Facing possible layoff in June for around 5 months maybe. Things are uncertain right now... hard to tell. If it is for 5 months only, I'm not too worried. If it happens, it happens. I will treat it as a gift of time and train like there is no tomorrow. there will never be another golden opportunity like that again. I'll just roll with the punches and make lemonade :)
- Ride my first century in the Spring as soon as it gets decent enough to do such a trip. Maybe in late May. I might take it to Iron distance which is 112 miles.
-Heavy focus on weight loss. I'm suspending all long distance training (anything beyond 13.1) until I get my weight down. I am basically going to maintain a half marathon fitness level but I am not training for another marathon until my weight is where I want it or at least close. I want to lose around 40 lbs before I train for another full marathon.
- looking forward beyond....
It is my hearts desire to be an Ironman Triathlon finisher. To me, that would be the exclamation point to my entire journey. I know there is a Half Ironman (70.3) but i know me... as soon as I do that, I will be pondering the next step. I always do. A Half Ironman is BIG medicine but I know that I will never be happy unless I go for the gold standard. It's just the way I am put together. There aren't too many days that go by that I dont find myself watching an Ironman event and pondering what it takes to train, dreaming about it, wondering what it has go to be like to hear those words " You Are An Ironman"
I know that everything I do will be toward that ultimate end. If I complete a duathlon, it will be to get experience. If I do a Sprint tri, it will be to prep for an Olympic distance. If I do Olympic, it will be in prep for a 70.3 and so on. Take it in stages, slowly but surely, the elephant will be eaten one bite at a time.
I guess the big question is whether I would be able to commit to such a big goal with all of the other things that make my life a challenge and balance it all out. I think such an ambition would not be a surprise to my family, they know how i feel about it, they see what I read, what I watch, they listen to my talk. They know that it is in my heart but still, I need their support and I will only have it if they know they are not going to be put on the back burner while dad chases some crazy dream.
A dream is like a rose, if you force it to bloom, you will make a mess. It must be allowed to unfold naturally.
my long term goal- just let it unfold.