Update on myself and races
I want to first off say sorry for the lack of stories, but for some reason life sometime likes to get in the way. I have only done race recaps lately since it seems that is all I have done. Every day seems to be the same, wake up complain about being physically tired, go to work, work way too much, come home and train. I know this seems extremely boring to most people, but the goals I want I have to make sacrifices for them. Who wants a personal life anyways?
Having three triathlons the last three weeks has been rather taxing as well. I hadn’t done an Olympic tri until two weeks ago, but I had two in a row. I did pretty well in both. I got on the podium on this last one, and just barely missed the podium in another. Work has made training difficult, but I haven’t seen a huge lapse in my times. I was slower in my second Olympic, but the first one I did had a shorter bike ride by 3 miles. I figured the times were a wash.
Coming into T2 from one of the recent races.
I spent the entire last week in Canada doing work stuff. I was only able to squeeze a couple of runs in. I took my wetsuit, but I found out swimming in the pond could have gotten me in trouble. Last thing I want to do is go to jail in another country. So I focused on the thing I hate the most, speed work. I ate awful and my diet changes so drastically when I travel, it is the number 1 reason why I HATE to travel.
I am glad to be back home in Utah now though where I am able to focus on my weaknesses and diet. Those actually tie hand and hand together. It seems I get lazy when I get home from a workout and would rather make something quick instead of wait and cook something healthy. This is a big weakness of mine. In order to correct them though you have to admit them though right?
I have been working on a couple more editorial type stories instead of race recaps, but I get so frustrated. I finish it and save it to look at it later and then when I open it again I hate it. So I delete it all to start over. They aren’t anything difficult to write about but I just want everything to be perfect with it. I seem to be slacking in just about every manner and I blame my lack of energy. I put so much into my racing and work I seem to not have much time for anything else.
When I wake up every morning my legs feel as if they just ran 20 miles. This year I have learned 2 marathons 3 weeks apart if a good way to make your legs exhausted, but I also have a trouble with this thing my Tri Team’s Coach Lora, https://twitter.com/#!/blonderunner , rest? I honestly don’t know how to do this. I have read countless articles and heard various people talk about how rest affects your body positively, but I feel lazy when I rest. I get so frustrated with myself and my thoughts towards myself become negative. Then I end up running, biking, or swimming in order to clear my mind. This might explain why my legs are always tired.
I am taking it easy when it comes to races, and instead focus on technique and speed. I want to be the best I can be so in order to do that I will continue pushing myself. I have learned so much about myself physically and mentally in the past year since I started racing. I don’t feel I do too bad since I have only been running at any distance for 2 years and racing for not even a year yet. I have been on several podiums and know I will continue to get better. I have my weaknesses, and I am not afraid to admit them. I have a ways to go in regards to getting to where I want to be though. I just need time and determination, good thing I have ample amounts of both.