Thursday, May 12, 2011

Race Week - Some Thoughts...

Hey Everyone!

I feel like a friggin five year old on Christmas week.  This is my seventh season competing in triathlons, and if I was to pick the top 5 moments that I have enjoyed over the past six seasons, I would say that this week would have to rank up there as number two or three.  I know, weird, right?  I would have to say number one would be finishing my first Ironman in 2009, followed up by completing my first triathlon in 2005.  And then I guess my excitement about this week would come in at number three.  Why?

I feel that I have had a "Renissance Movement" with regards to triathlon.  While I have had some fairly structured years (2007 and 2009) and I have had some great memories with friends, family, and the sport, I have been in a tri funk since my Ironman.  I guess I am a person who likes to try new things all of the time, and in doing so, I hit what I thought to be the peak of triathlon.  I finished an Ironman and thought to myself, "what's next?" 

Life also tends to get in the way, but I have learned now that it only gets in the way if you let it.  During this off season, I have had an awakening of sorts.  I remembered all the good times I have had in this sport, all of the great relationships I have developed, all of the stories I have told and listened to.  I am not sweating the small stuff, missing an occasional workout due to school, etc.  I am taking more time to enjoy life in general.  I cannot believe it has taken me this long to do this!  It is such a refreshing feeling, that I am ready and raring to go this year. 

I have no idea what is gonna happen on Saturday.  I know what I would like to ideally happen, and I know what realistically should happen.  But I am not gonna worry about it.  I am just gonna get up, like I do every day now... Bust my tail, enjoy it, and be me :)

My Christmas is Saturday, and under the tree is gonna be a glorious 1.5K swim, 42K bike, and a 10K run.  And for those of you who might be there and see me cross the finish line, if you see a big smile on my face as I "hit the tape," just think back to this post and you will know why.

Bring it Santa, I am ready ;)


Christi said...

This is the best post I have read all day. Your attitude is the best and just because of that you are going to have some surprising results in your race.

I am cheering you from Colorado! Now go get 'em!

Wes said...

have fun, brutha murtha... leave it all on the course! :-)

Colleen said...