Link to the poem that started the alphabet: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
In the alphabet blogs I explored 26 words, focused around "the athlete I want to become". I'm now to the final line of the poem, which says "now go do it all over!"
Sound tiring? Then you haven't completed recovery from your last big goal! Probably at the back of your mind, even in recovery, the next shiny goal is niggling at you. I already know mine: 2014, Olympic distance Triathlon. I know it's going to take focus and determination, and it starts pretty much as soon as this season ends... maybe before.
I committed to doing the Women's Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, FL in November, because my cousin is doing her first, and I'll be there to pace her through the 13.1 miles. But it's not "my" race this year. Mine I've already done. So this one will be a "maintain fitness" event for me.
I've started reading The Triathlete's Training Bible by Joe Friel, thinking about the training cycle over the length of a full year. It starts with basic strength training, and that's what I'm planning for as the next phase for me: recovery, then increased resistance training over the Winter while working on my swimming time and distance. Come Spring, when it's nice enough to bike, I'll add in the bike miles and sessions. And running? Well, guess that's a maintain goal... the Olympic TRI only covers a 10K, but it comes at the end of the swim and bike legs.
Yes, this is doable. Yes, it's a stretch. And Yes, it's what I want for my next year. Wish me luck!
Dream your dream... then build toward it... one small phase at a time. Thinking back, when I started, my first goal was to get light enough that I could start jogging again (2009). I reached that, then my goal became to wear a bib and run an official 5K again (2010). It got suddenly HUGE when HOT4FITNESS challenged me to walk a half marathon with her in 2011. In 2012, my first official Sprint distance TRI. 2013... the double half marathon, which I'm counting as a full, "my way". The goals get a little bigger each year. But they give me the focus to keep working at staying fit.
Maintain, and repeat the cycle. Because it feels so good to be able to say "YES, I did it!"
LIFE is good. Spark on!