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:

All dog candidates get a blurb each Friday in the paper.
You can read all their stories here:

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

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.