It does not take a whole lot to freak me out. This morning I got an e-mail telling me I qualify for the USA Triathlon 2014 Age Group National Championships run August 9th in Milwaukee! This was shortly before I left to go meet some people to open water swim at a state park south of town.
I hadn't read it very closely, and I'm thinking "honor", and "what if"... fortunately swimming in open water put some sense back in my head... realizing how slow I am at this event. The e-mail had said I was in the top 10 percent of my age group, and this qualified me to participate in the nationals.
So I had a few bubbly dreams... started thinking about how much time I'd have to take off work if I chose to do it... etc., etc., and so forth! How would it impact my training plan for the rest of the year? My other events?
After getting home from the group swim (met three local triathletes I had not known before... two of them are racing Papillion tomorrow), I read the e-mail more carefully... it said by virtue of having finished THAT SPECIFIC RACE (Wisconsin Dells Rev3 Oly) in the top 10 percent of my age group, I qualified. So, since I was the ONLY person in my age group, I kind of automatically qualified.
The question then becomes... how confident am I of being able to compete with OTHERs who finished in the top 10% of this age group in other races? I only beat the time deadline by 7 and a half minutes! I am not "one of THEM", i.e. "them" being the elite age group athletes of the nation. Yep, I'm still there, denying athleticism.
Bottom line though is that I already have my calendar planned with events for the rest of the year... and another destination race is not in the budget until next February. So... we'll let go of the "Nationals" dream that I still deny I even HAVE...
THIS year, anyway. Never say never.
But... I might... just might... put the Last Blast TRI on my calendar... if it's not in conflict with a work commitment. Have to check its dates.
Which brings me to today's audience participation question: Which "them" are you a part of? The Dreamers? The Doers? The Determined? Here's to being whoever you are!
LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It's at its best when kindred spirits are along for the journey to better health and fitness! Consistently, consciously, and creatively making choices that support the overall goals, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!