My first post in 2010 was about getting ready to get started on the path to becoming a runner (a marathoner to be exact). I talked about how important it is to start slow and I expressed my desire to take a turtle's pace forward. I knew then that I was in this new life for the long haul.
My first post in 2011 was about discipline. This was when I first started thinking that training shouldn't dictate life, but that it should work the other way around. I decided it wasn't good for me to follow a stock plan, but at the same time I needed structure and organization. Very quickly I started talking triathlon and being welcomed by the swimming and biking communities.
My second post in 2012 was all about looking ahead for the year. I wanted to add strength training into my plan and to be choosy about which goals to work on when. I did have my race calendar filled in for the year, but I had only planned training through spring of that year (up to IM NOLA 70.3). In that post I talked about how I felt like I had two big issues:
- One of the problems I've had in the past is not making decisions about what I ultimately want causing me to change course mid stream because I hadn't clearly targeted where I was going.
- Another huge problem is giving up on what I want because getting there is too hard, or will take too long.
Last year my main focus for the new year was IMLT.
This is February 17th and I haven't taken my eyes off today long enough to even think about what might be in store for me as an athlete this year. I know what's going on with me as a coach (more on that later), but me as an athlete? That's a different story altogether.
I have 2 more weeks in the sling, then about 30 days until I can start training again (from what I understand right now)....44 days and counting. While I don't think it's too early to be thinking what my goals might be for this year...I also know I don't want to get too far ahead of myself. I am not that person who must have a race on the horizon to train for all the time anymore. I don't think it would be a mistake to simply start working toward being stronger for right now (...that is in fact precisely what I am doing right now but I'm talking on day 45 and beyond).
With progress slowing down just a bit, it's becoming more challenging to stay focused. However, I know that is what is required right now. It's always darkest before the dawn. I will get "there"...and "there" will be farther than I have ever gone before (and faster...).
Relentless forward motion doesn't always break speed records!
Until next time...