After my big race last weekend, I gave myself the week off before starting training towards the Portland Marathon. I ran twice – on Thursday and Saturday – but otherwise just let myself sleep in and rest. It was nice, but I’m ready to get back to training. I enjoy it too much not to do it, and I know I’m capable of more consistent training that I’ve done the first part of the year.
These last months, I’ve been busy at work, and I’ve been doing lots of traveling to see Dave. I trained while I traveled, but training on the road isn’t the same as training at home because I typically don’t have my bike or a pool. I end up running, which is good for running, but I missed some key bike workouts on my road to Ironman. I felt a twinge of guilt when I saw a sign during Ironman Coeur d’Alene that said, “If your relationship didn’t fail, you didn’t train enough.” My relationship didn’t fail, and I didn’t train as much as I would have liked to, but I did what I needed to for my life and my race, and I’m pleased with the results. I’m also ready to focus again.
Dave will be moving here soon, so I won’t have the distraction of travel. He’ll help me train, and I think I’ll want the training even more because I do need time to myself even when I’m in a relationship. But mostly, I’m really interested in beating my Portland time in October. I had a really good race last year that felt effortless. I’d like to improve on that. I had hoped to improve on all my big races this year, but I didn’t race St. George and I didn’t PR at Coeur d’Alene, so Portland is my redemption race. (I say that like Coeur d’Alene is a failure, but I don’t mean it that way. I’m thrilled with how Coeur d’Alene went.)
So this week – today – I’m starting a new focused effort towards training. I have thirteen weeks to Portland. Natasha knows to be hard on me if I fail to report in on my workouts. I’m also committed to clean eating again for the next three weeks, similar to what I did last September. I’m no longer working on weight loss for the sake of weight loss because I’ve found that doesn’t work for me. Instead, I’m just focused on training and being healthy. And I’m also still settling into my new normal of being well. I feared maybe things were a little too good, and now I’m just working on embracing the goodness and trusting that life really is wise.
I’m excited about the next thirteen weeks. I enjoyed my week off, but I’m ready to move forward in every way. It’ll be fun to get back to Portland for the first time in a year. And as Natasha likes to say, “Faster is funner.” I’m aiming for the most fun I can possibly have.