Why is it that we all want to take the easy way out? Working hard can be so unappealing. Too much time. Too much effort. Or maybe it’s the fear of failure…? Personally I think the last one can lead us to cheat more than the other two. We cheat to succeed and we also cheat ourselves out of opportunities for fun and adventure because we say to ourselves “I could never do that!”
Last week I tried to do a 1 X 2 iron-distance race with USA Ultra Tri at the Virginia Double Anvil (that’s 2.4 mile swim, 112 bike, and 26.2 X 2). My plan was to do one iron-distance race thursday and then turn around and do another one on Friday. The result — regretfully — failure. I raced the iron-distance race thursday, but tweaked my knee on the bike. Luckily it didn’t hurt to run so I finished the race Thursday. I went to bed that night knowing I probably wouldn’t be able to race on Friday. When Friday morning came, I suited up and swam the 2.4 miles but as soon as I got on the bike my knee really hurt and after 12 miles I dropped out. My first DNF (Did Not Finish) ever. In endurance sports it’s bound to happen but it still stings.
Although distance road racing season is winding down here in Charleston, it’s the beginning of a very fun triathlon season. This Sunday is the start of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series –-5 races over the summer from May to August. For me it’s a race filled with familiar faces of friends and competitors. I’ve had a great time racing this series over the years. HOWEVER, this year….I’m just not feeling like getting back in to race mindset. It’s VERY unusual for me. To race or not to race, that is the question for me.
Living and training in the Lowcountry of South Carolina means unless I include a bridge on my route, I am running at sea level. Thanks to a regular strength training routine, I luckily have some leg power to help me up hills despite rarely training on them. Which is basically how I survived Portland and Boston last year.
Overall, there are two main road racing seasons: Spring and Fall. Each has its advantages and disadvantages and my past 3 races are good examples of some of the pros and cons of Spring events.
Against any advice I’d give any of my runners, I participated in 3 races over 3 weekends. 1st was the Rugged Maniac Mud Obstacle 5K. Next the Wrightsville Beach Marathon. And, rounding it up, was the Cooper Bridge Run 10k. Hence the first dilemma with Spring running – how to decide what to do!?!?! Then to figure out if are any of them “A races”, or just all for fun?
It’s no secret I love running. Where I got that gene from is a mystery. My dad is very athletic, actually a retired professional athlete, but never a distance runner. My mom grew up just as girls sports were being introduced. She was recruited to play on the high school golf team because they needed members, and even won a set of golf clubs at a tournament – for having the worst score.
Jennifer is a great planner and I really enjoyed learning about what she has planned for 2017. As for me, well I’m a little unfocused. I can’t really find an event that catches my eye as a must have. Of course my MAJOR goal is to stay injury free but that doesn’t count as a big race. I’m not saying I don’t have anything on my calendar, but nothing that is huge…maybe this will be the year of lots of little things…we’ll see.
Yes, we are both type A and have several plans already for the new year…I may even have some for 2018. Siobhan and I also have goals we share. After our last few years, we have one ultimate objective – get through the year healthy and injury free. We’ve yet to accomplish that, but maybe 2017 is the year! I know we’d also like to expand our Miles with Moms following and to do that we need to become more active on our social media accounts and do a better job of promoting – so look for all of that in the next few months. Then, of course we have some individual plans:
It’s that time of year again! Dads and Santa pay attention. Here are my favorite things (most with a good discount) of 2016 and some great gift ideas for the active woman in your life: