Race week! I’m really excited to be doing St. George 70.3 again. I did it last year and I drove out with my dad and it was really fun! You can read about last year’s pre-race week here, and my race report here. St. George is a very very beautiful place to race and it is full of challenging hills and the weather can definitely be unpredictable. There have been years where it has snowed during this race, and years where it has been unbearably hot. This year it looks like it’s going to be fairly cool, but not snowing. 😛
Last year it was sunny and warm and beautiful and honestly it couldn’t have been a more picture perfect day. I do love racing in the cold, so I think that that will help me. And you know, being a Wisconsin girl and all, I think my body still really loves the cold. So hopefully that makes for a really fun race!
Regarding last week’s workouts. They went really well. I got to the pool a couple times. I ran a few times I rode a few times. And the idea was to just keep moving and do a little bit every day. I continue to find juggling a full-time job, training for triathlon, wanting to work on my blog and other projects, and pursue all these different ideas that I dream about that I have and there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, does there? So it’s a different feeling going into the race this year because I feel really prepared but also it’s just really different and last year and the year before and pretty much ever since I started in the agency life I have learned about minimalist triathlon training and how to let go of the desire to have lots of quantity and hours put in and focus on the quality of each workout instead, and know that at the end of the day this is a lifestyle for me. This is about fun and as much as I love to be competitive and push myself and see how fast I can be, at the end of the day on a daily basis I have to prioritize. I don’t get paid to do this for a living, and I think that’s one of the challenges in the triathlon community. There is a fine line between just having fun and wanting to win because you can still win a medal and feel on top of the world like professional athletes in races and feel that pride. But we also don’t have the luxury to have it be our day jobs, at least most of us don’t. So, it is hard when you want to really focus in on training and see what you’re capable of by training as if you were a professional and yet that just isn’t reality and at the end of the day life is about adventuring and enjoying the process and the journey and the crazy challenges that come along with this sport. Triathlon truly is a life lesson in itself.
Rocking my new Lift Cyclewear Tights. The shami was awesome, and I love the fabric. It was perfect for a chilly ride. The style was more “mountain bike-like” but I’m all about breaking rules. 😛 I’m also wearing a long sleeve under a Lift Cyclewear top. You can get the look here. It’s called the “Dirt Diva”. Super cute! Photo by Topher Riley
Triathlon teaches us Patience. Perseverance. Determination. Passion. Respect. Love. Drive. Overcoming. And above all it teaches us that we are stronger than we think we are. It teaches us that through mental toughness and physical pain and pushing our bodies to the limit that there is no limit. That the only thing that limits us is our fears. And when it comes down to race day, I see it as an opportunity for us to face these fears and overcome them. Race day is about being a part of a community that is also experiencing that feeling of change within the human mind, body and soul. And that we are adaptable and ever-changing and that when we really want something and we put our minds to it, we can do it.
My Cycleops Smart Trainer has been so amazing. I can’t even tell you what it has done for my cycling. It is a gift to truly help us all get better! I love it. Summer, Winter? Doesn’t matter the season. I’m all about mixing in power trainer sets into my training mix.
I wish that everyone got to experience triathlon the way there is joy that comes with challenges. It’s ironic because when we are at a low point in training or in a race, it teaches us that we can get past that. You might be at a low point in a race and then five minutes later you’re at the highest of the high. Triathlon teaches us that right around the corner there is something great and we just have to stay positive and if we let the lows of a race get to us that’s when things fall apart. Instead, we must embrace it. I love that challenge. I love that lesson. That staying positive is the key to success. It is the ability to withstand the struggles and to know that greatness is right around the corner. The greatness could be the finish line, it could be getting through transition and getting to the next leg of the race. That overcoming feeling is so beautiful because there’s nothing else that I’ve experienced so far like it in this world – it really teaches me how to get through the lows of life, and how the lows and highs are a part of life. I can’t ignore them and I can’t try to make the lows go away. I must let it flow through me and let it go. When I stop trying to push it out of my mind but instead say OK this is a test, this is a tough section and that’s OK, just keep putting one foot in front of the other one, and keep pushing. You got this.
Photo by Topher Riley
As I approach my 13th 70.3 since I started this sport in 2010, I look forward to those lows and embracing them and learning and knowing that there’s greatness right around the corner and that I can’t truly appreciate the awesomeness and the sweetness without sour. I’m thankful for those experiences, and am excited to learn more about myself this weekend.