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 ;)