Thursday, October 25, 2012

Enjoying the Racing Moment

In 16 days I will be racing long. I’m excited and nervous. It’s been too long since I raced long. I have a lot to review and prep for. As someone who has been “winging” her last few races, not thinking about them until the night before, I know I have to get back to “racing long mode”. 

I feel like everything is going so well: I’ve been biking more than ever, I know my stroke is more efficient than ever, and the run, well, the run, I don’t know about the run. 

I am healthy, strong, confident. But so many things can go wrong and I'm preparing for that. 

I think I just need to do the mental training and make lists. I’m good at making lists.

One thing that I really enjoy doing is helping my friend Joanne through her first Ironman. I met Joanne a year ago at a race in Granby. She came up to me to ask about my Ironman Arizona hat because she was thinking of doing the race. We talked, exchanged emails, and are now friends on Facebook.

In the year since she signed up for IMAZ, she has emails me many questions and concerns about her race in November. My job is to talk her off the ledge. 

She is going to do amazing. 

She has raced multiple marathons and is biking more than I ever did for my first Ironman. I'm telling her to live in the training moment. 

That is the biggest lesson I have to keep learning over and over again – live in the training moment.
Why – because as soon as the race is over, she is not going to know what to do with herself. What’s next? She will ask herself. What do I do with all my free time? She will be depressed.

I told her, enjoy that 100 mile training ride. Enjoy that 10 mile run because you aren’t going to be going long like that for awhile, post-race. At least I didn’t.
I’m not sure Joanne knows how to chill out. She is a searcher – always searching for that next thing – never satisfied. I know all about it.

What’s next? Always the question.

I know for me, what’s next after my long course race on November 10 – El Tour de Tucson on November 17, then the Tucson Marathon a few weeks later. Then a break and then - ramping up for Ironman Wisconsin and getting faster. Getting more efficient. Learning everything I can. 

Now if I could just learn how to stop hitting submit. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Top 10 Ways to Fall in Love With Running, again

  1. Sign up for a race with friends that is longer than you think you can do
  2. Buy a foam roller and roll before & after every run
  3. Schedule a massage every time you run three times a week for a month
  4. Read every blog and website you can find about running & trail running
  5. Buy a bunch of magazines & books about running & trail running
  6. Live in a place where you can run year round
  7. Record your time for every race so you can chart your progress using Excel Charts
  8. Post every training run and race on Facebook & Twitter
  9. Use Map My Run on your smart phone so you can see mileage/pace, etc
  10. Make an "after run plan", especially after a long run, or dream about it while you run, for a way to relax & what you will eat/drink after your done. I like to lay on the sofa and watch TV Shows on DVD as a recovery activity and eat sushi or steak.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Way It Is - William Stafford

I've quoted this before, but thought of it again:

The Way It Is
There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change.  But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.
William Stafford

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ski Valley Mt. Lemmon, Biking, and Trail Running

I  can't seem to get away from ski towns. Ski Valley is the southern most ski area in the US.
I biked to Mt Lemmon this past weekend, it was hard, hard, hard. 
I love when every bike and run is hard. It means I'm pushing the limits. 
This weekend Team Soul is riding 70 miles in preparation for El Tour de Tucson.
Then a 10 mile trail run in Coronado National Forest on Sunday with the Tucson Trail Runners