Saturday, November 26, 2016

What's next - looking forward to 2017

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I’m taking a break from triathlon.
After training and racing for 10 years I am not going to race in 2017. 

Actually, maybe I should say I’m not training or racing in 2017, I think, maybe, I’m not sure.

I just know that triathlon has taken over my life in a positive way for many years and I may just want to ..... spin, swim, take a yoga class, join CrossFit, start personal training, bike for fun or something else ..... this coming year.

Ironman Arizona was a great day. Such a great day. I love that day. Nov. 20, 2016. A coming together of so much gratitude and a realization of the family I created with friends.

But, I want to do other things for a while.

Ironman Lake Placid was a best day, best weekend, for so many reasons: friends, family, memories, redemption, and so much more.

Now, I want to write more. I want to read more. I want to get better at my job.

I’ll be back. There are more races to do. I WILL race Ironman Barcelona. Maybe one day Kona.

For now I’m going to bike and swim when I want to. I will run a 50 miler in 2017. I know it. I will cross off Texas and Maine from my list of marathons in 50 states.

For now, I will write every day. I am thinking of a run streak.

So many possibilities. That’s what I love about this life – you never know what will appear after the next curve in the road. So much to look forward to.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

50 miler, March 25, 2017

First things first: Make a Plan.

27 weeks and 5 days.

Not necessarily in the right order this time but here's what I've done.
1) researched the race and lodging
2) asked Kassandra to join me
3) make a deposit on a hotel room in Mexican Hat, UT

This is what I need to do:
1) train for my first 50 miler
2) finished another 50K (my last one was in 2013)
3) register for the race

3 for 6 - I'm half way there.

Now for the reveal. This is the race:

The Monument Valley 50 mile

On March 25, 2017

Here are some of things people are saying about the race:

At every race, there are many stories to be told. But in the Ultra-Adventures Monument Valley Ultramarathons (100-mile, 50mile, 55km, and 25km), which take place on the sovereign Navajo Nation, the stories can be both ancient and fascinating. It is rare that a race can be both educational and breathtaking. The land and the people of this race have as much character and charm as can ever be experienced in any race. (Source: http://endurancetourist.com/2015/04/15/race-review-2015-ua-monument-valley-100/)

nobody complained about the sand. The very challenging running conditions were FAR surpassed by the stunning beauty of the course. The people I talked to were beyond willing to do some sand slogging to drink in the beauty that was surrounding us. We all knew we were surrounded by something amazing, something spiritual, something special. (Source: http://www.fastcory.com/2015/03/monument-valley-50-race-report-2015.html)

We were running on Navajo land, trusted with the privilege to explore a world that is usually off-limits to tourists unaccompanied by a Navajo guide. We savored the peace of the first five miles, past Left Mitten, to the aid station. (Source: http://www.trailrunnermag.com/races/featured-races/1234-a-rare-run-on-navajo-lands)

26 week training plan starts Monday.

 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A run to the wilderness

Monday was the bestest day ever. Although I paid for it today, Tuesday with too much work.

I woke up on Monday and decided if I'm going to do this Leadville thing I better get used to running above treeline at 11,000 feet.

My first plan was to drive to Berthoud Pass and run / hike to Flora. I forgot about the traffic leaving the valley. As I drove through downtown Tabernash and saw the line of traffic I turned and headed toward Meadow Creek Reservoir. I  didn't bring my map because I was just going to follow the trail from the top of Berthoud. So when I got to Meadow Creek Res I wasn't sure what trail or where to go. I started running the road not sure what was at Junco trailhead.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Bob Saint from the Grand County Wilderness Group manning the cabin. I knew about the cabin and I knew about the group. I just didn't really understand where it was. He was awesome, gave me a few options for a hike and off I was.

I decided on Caribou Pass since it was a little harder with more incline.

I make great decisions about 79 percent of the time. This was one of them. What a great/hard hike/run. Once I got above treeline and saw those freaking high peaks - I knew I made the right decision about Leadville.

I've been road biking and road running for so long - since 2008. It was time to get back to my 18-year-old roots - hiking in the mountains. Or in this case running in the mountains.

Why the heck have I never been up here. Caribou Pass was spectacular - rocks, crags, Continental Divide - seriously - I haven't felt so alive in so long. I haven't felt the AWE in so long.


Caribou Pass sign

The view looking south
Heading back down to Junco

The view looking northeast.

Don't forget to pay the day pass fee.
Here is the link to Movescount.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Ultra Runner's Prayer

I saw this posted on the Hideaway Running Events Facebook page and had to steal it. Good luck to all the ultra runners out in Winter Park today. While I was planning to run the 50K, today I am running the half marathon. #trainingslump


Lord,
Watch over me today as I run.
I have paid the price to run this race
through the summer heat, the winter winds,
up those hills.
There are other days and other races,
But this is the day and this is the time for this race.

Lord,
Watch over my body.
Keep it from injury.
As I run, may the tiredness and the pain be the symbol
of victory and not the reason for defeat.
May I acknowledge my limitations,
but not accept less than my potential.

Lord,
Watch over my mind.
May I be intelligent as I run.
May I listen to the signals from within
as I enjoy the scenes from without.
Keep me from foolishness at the start
so that I can finish with wisdom at the end.

Lord,
Watch over my spirit.
As time passes and my commitment
dims and blurs, may the inner resources that
You gave me come forward and give me the
resolve to press onward.

Lord,
Watch over my competitors.
As they face the physical, mental, emotional and
spiritual challenges we all face, may they find the
peace and strength that I have found through You.
Remind them that we all are struggling equally
and that their personal victory is a result of Your guidance.

Lord,
Watch over the trails and mountains.
As they seek to challenge me, may they also offer
havens of comfort and shelter from storms.
Please allow me to seek out that shelter and give me
time to enjoy the boundless beauty they possess.
Let the mountains offer me a test and a challenge
But also a passage through which I may safely pass.
As I continue to press to the summit, may the trail
lead me where You want me to go.

Lord,
Let me win.
Not by coming in ahead of my friends,
but by beating myself.
Let it be an inner win. A battle won over me.
May I say at the end,
I have fought a good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.”

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Grand Dog candidate, My Winnie-Dog

Winnie is running for Grand Dog.
What does this mean?
If she wins the vote she will represent Grand County as Grand Dog.

And, she made the newspaper:
http://www.skyhidailynews.com/news/announcements/grand-dog-candidate-winnie/


All dog candidates get a blurb each Friday in the paper.
You can read all their stories here: https://gcadvocates.org/grand-dog/

Grand Dog is a collaborative fundraiser for Advocates for a Violence-Free Community and Grand County Pet Pals to raise awareness that violence affects everyone in the home- adults, children, and pets. 


Monday, August 15, 2016

Rest Days

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Sometimes you just need a break. When bad things happen and you are about to lose it, what do you do?
In the past, I would sleep.

Now, I clean, organize and plan my anger and restlessness away.
Once I put everything in order, create piles and TO DO lists, vacuum, and reduce clutter, I’m back to myself.

I had a friend many years ago who wouldn’t go hiking or biking on a Saturday. We tried everything to entice her to come. None of us understood why because she could clean her house any day. It was Saturday; it was time to be outside and play. Plus, her house was so clean anyway.

But now, I get it.
In her mind her life was chaos. Too much to do over the work week and Saturday was her day to restore order with a clean house. 

That is what a rest day is to me now. A true rest day from training and life.
Restore Order

Get Calm

Organize the Chaos

When I don’t schedule in a rest day this is what happens: little things build up, I frantically try to do everything, I yell at my dogs and I hate my life.

Instead of running that 20 mile scheduled run that needed to be done for my upcoming race, I stayed home, planned the next day, ate a healthy dinner, listened to music, and started writing this blog post. 

Order Resorted.

Writing is my outlet. It always has been. I love writing this blog about endurance training, racing, traveling and meeting new people who love the sport. These things truly make me happy.
Despite this nomad life I’ve chosen for myself, including the job changes, injuries and bike crashes, these things are all part of making a great life for myself, and endurance sports and writing are the two constants.
Every year I say I’m giving up triathlon. Every year I say I’ll write my second book. I’m not sure what this next year holds for me. 

Keep reading this blog and we will both find out.  

Friday, August 5, 2016

Post-Ironman blues and training

Post-Ironman blues is real.
I've been reading on the Ironman Lake Placid Facebook page two very opposing views of Post-Ironman blues.
Some get back at it.
Some don't want to even look at their running shoes.

I'm a little in between.

I started running again yesterday. Since finishing Ironman Lake Placid, I swam once. I biked once. I did a spin/circuit class once.
This week is about slowly getting back into it.

Ironman Arizona is 14 weeks away and I know what I need to do.