Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What’s Next

Sunday ended with a post-race sugar binge of epic proportions and diverse ingredients.  I went to bed with a sugar headache.  I woke up with a stiff ankle and a bruised shoulder (thanks to the girl who couldn’t swim straight) but otherwise relatively un-sore, just tired.

Monday was a rest day and I was perfectly content to do nothing.  It also kicked off a transition phase for me – 2 weeks of relatively light and easy workouts to rest my body and refresh my mind before the big charge for the fall races begins.

From a mental perspective, some nice easy unstructured time sounded perfect – I knew that by the end of those 2 weeks I’d be chomping at the bit to jump back into Big Serious Training.  Which would mean the goal of this phase was accomplished perfectly.

And then later on Monday, I read my coach’s race report from Eagleman.  [For those who don’t know, less than a year after having a baby, Coach won her AG and is headed back to Kona.  But really you should read her report, it’s worth it.]  I laughed, I cried, I bought tickets to Kona to cheer for her this October.  I realized how badly I want to dream big, set some tough goals for myself, and chase them down (not Kona, don’t worry).  I spent half of Monday night dreaming about my next A race and lay in bed at 5:30am doing math about what I could do if I had the race day I think I could.  So I guess that’s one way of saying, my body needs a lot more rest but my brain is SO ready to hit it hard when real training starts again.  I have carefully crafted official goals for the year when it comes to my bigger races but I also have super secret goals that I keep to myself – so, maybe it’s time to put my heart on the line a little more, risk my pride, and chase down those numbers on race day with everything I’ve got.

With that in mind…the immediate future calls for rest, easy workouts, a little swim race this weekend, and a short beach vacation!  Because my life is not crazy enough already, I have to consider the scheduling of dog activities as well in my plan for kicking some triathlon ass.  I know about a month from now I’m going to be past the point of having time for agility trials, so I’m squeezing the last ones in during early July.  Then we’ll switch over to dog shows for Stanley the rest of the year, where someone else handles him while I get my training done.  I’ve got my eye on some shows with excellent cycling roads around them and the first will be down in Carmel next month!

Hurry up and rest, legs! We have things to do!

17 comments:

Jennifer said...

Whoo hoo! I know, I've been resting since Honu and today I just had to swim/bike/run. Starting to get fired up for training again. Super-cool that you're going to Kona to watch! That's tempting :-) Oh, and it looks like I might FINALLY get a chance to meet you... I'm doing the Catfish Crawl too next month!

Iron Krista, "The Dog Mom" said...

I have a lot of the same feelings about goals, etc as you do :-) And your (and my) coaches are BAD ASS. Maybe we should have had babies then we'd be faster? hee hee

Her blog post was inspiring, to say the least.

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Stef said...

Great demonstration of the balance of training, passion and discipline (including the discipline to hold back when coach tells you to)! I've no doubt you will meet your super secret goals.

Beth said...

If there is one thing I've learned Molly, it's that you will NEVER regret dreaming really big dreams and then chasing them with all your might. GO FOR IT!

And I'm really excited to see you in Hawaii!! (although I think we get to first meet at Vineman right?) Yeah!!

Kelly said...

Enjoy the rest and dream big!!

Freementia said...

Enjoy your rest weeks. You're going to love Hawaii. I wish I could go but that's not for a couple years yet. The sugar binge sounds awesome. Details please. I miss my sweets, especially candy bars that have caramel(my Kryptonite). Well, have a good rest period, then hit the road hard. Good luck

Freeman

SSB said...

oh man, now I really need to get a Kona slot so you can cheer me on. or i could just go and have a beer with you.

mtanner said...

do tell when you are in Carmel!!! 3.5 miles down the road- Hopefully when I get back from CDA!

mtanner said...

oh and I get to meet all of you guys at Catfish-

San said...

Sooo eager. Amazing, I have to kick my big butt into gear nearly every morning. *rolling eyes* Well, enjoy the downtime and maybe give your mind a rest of training with reading a good book (Jules Verne, maybe?). And then kick butt in 2 weeks.

Thanks for your kind comment. Weather is fantastic and almost too warm. And I finally found out where I can get the clothes that I want, inspiration galore.

Jennifer said...

Dream big! A mantra to live by. I really believe you have to imagine yourself in a situation before you can even begin to start the journey. You have so much potential!

Kim said...

ELF is truly unreal! did you really buy tix to kona to watch? i want to come!!! cant wait to hear about your super secret goals!

Wes said...

nobody puts as much pressure on you as yourself :-)

Alili said...

I have no doubt in your ability to nail your super secret goals - can't wait to watch it all unfold!!

Colleen said...

Enjoy the rest! And keep chasing those goals. I always keep some of mine internal - keeps the fire burning! :)

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

lets all go to kona! i used to live there. SUCH an amazing experience.