Since writing yesterday, I’ve managed to spin, run and swim. I did a spin workout at home last night, and then I ran this morning with friends and swam afterwards. I’m well on my way to feeling much better about my focus.
I’ve received much support and a little grief from yesterday’s post. The skeptical among you think it wrong to focus so heavily on races, especially to the point of favoring them over relationships. I get that. I do. On a recent trip, I read an article – I think it was in Runner’s World – about an injured athlete who thought maybe the injury would give her an opportunity to address that problem of over-identification with sporting events. I recognized myself somewhat in that piece as I swore at my hip that was bothering me at the time. I hear what you’re saying now.
But I have to say that there are worse things I could do than focus on a race or two. And I’m certain – absolutely certain – that Mike Reilly has never once said to anyone, “You are an Ironman!” and then followed it up days or weeks or months or years later with, “Well, I’ve changed my mind. Maybe you’re not all that.”
So, onward and upward.
My coach Natasha reminded me this morning that I have one more week of hard work before my taper begins. She also reminded me that the weather in Coeur d’Alene will be significantly cooler. I checked. The highs are around 80 and the lows are around 50. That’s pretty darn perfect for this race. It’ll be fun to pack for cooler weather after some of the heavy Texas heat we’ve been experiencing.
I get on a plane two weeks from tomorrow. Onward and upward indeed.