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The last line of the poem... what's next?


Monday, September 16, 2013

Link to the poem that started the alphabet: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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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!"

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LJCANNON 9/17/2013 5:43PM

    emoticon INCREIBLE Energy and Motivation, not to mention all the INSPIRATION you give to all of us!
emoticon We will be there In Spirit, cheering you on!!

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PATRICIAAK 9/17/2013 12:56AM

    great progress
super training

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DLDMIL 9/16/2013 4:32PM

    emoticon what a great year and a wonderful personal finish to the poem.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/16/2013 3:27PM

    Yes, you did it!! Great poem and series. Great new goal!! I'm looking forward to following you throughout the journey. Take care, Marsha

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BLUENOSE63 9/16/2013 11:26AM

  Barb

I am following the 9 month plan using Joe Friel's book. I highly recommend it and make sure you modify it to your own physical activity level.

This is for my next IM 70.3 on June 22nd in Mont Tremblant and this time I will kick the crap out of the run!

All ya got to do is TRI TRI TRI.

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DALID414 9/16/2013 10:04AM

    Rinse and repeat!

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SPINNINGJW 9/16/2013 10:04AM

    And you know, if I can, I will be there cheering you on! I am so proud of you.

Your little froggy.

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GABY1948 9/16/2013 9:38AM

    Your energy/achievement is ASTOUNDING, Barb! YOU are exactly the type person that the quote in MY blog is about today!

God BLESS you! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/16/2013 9:35AM

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DEBRITA01 9/16/2013 9:12AM

    You are focused and determined and I know you'll reach your Olympic Tri goal in 2014. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 9/16/2013 8:53AM

    Here's to expanding those horizons!
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JOHNTJ1 9/16/2013 8:34AM

    Loved the alphabet blog and all I'm gonna say about your next endeavor is this:

If you are going to have a goal it might as well be one that's challenging, exciting and fun. You go girl.

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LINDAKAY228 9/16/2013 8:18AM

    The alphabet was awesome! I know you will reach your goal!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/16/2013 8:14AM

    Sweetie, you don't need any luck . . . you'll accomplish it!

HUGS and thanks for all the inspiration you've provided all the way from A to Z.

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DOGLADY13 9/16/2013 8:07AM

    I've toyed with doing Olympic distance triathlons, but I'm not sure I like running enough to be able to do 10K at the end of the swim and bike. On my own, on a good day I can do 10K... I am reserving judgement. In the meantime, don't let me get in your way of killing an Olympic Tri!

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WATERMELLEN 9/16/2013 8:04AM

    I do wish you luck: while believing that luck has very little to do with it in comparison with the massive self-discipline and determination and yup zeal you bring to everything you do.

Strength training -- awesome! I'm just back from the gym feeling terrific from my upper body strength routine!!

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GOLFGMA 9/16/2013 8:00AM

    Admiring your goals and know you will do well with the challenge! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 9/16/2013 7:41AM

    I look forward to reading your blogs as you pursue your TRI goal!

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