Happy new year! wow has it really been that long since I posted. I guess 2010 shows you how narcissitic (?sp) I am - barely posted at all.
Title - well after NY I had a melt down - well as best as you can when still coaching. I have hated running for a while honestly since before NY - it was not good. No wonder I blew up in the marathon. I came back and was like blah... I did my runs because I am leading a clinic but I did the bare minumum. Sundays and Thursdays.
I got out and did spin and my weekly rides but I was resentful. Something I loved doing - my time to hook up with the green goddesses was pissing me off and making me resentful. All was not well in my world.
I thought about it - I mean I took a week off in NY - well okay 6 days, but still time off. What was going on and then as usual my guardian angel - Judith - saw it and called me out. I knew it in my heart I just did not want to admit it.
I was overtrained. I was burnt out and it was bad. I actually showed up to lead a clinic one night and I did not get dressed to run - I sent them out without me. The first time in over 5 years. I hated running and I hated riding and I hated working out. I was ticked off at all my workouts and Judith saw it. She gave me the permission I needed to not do workouts and be okay. The trouble is now I need to start again.
Running - I have a new passion for running that I have honestly not felt in about 2 years. It has been great. How did I get it by some amazing reading -
The Grace to Race - Sister Madonna's story.
It's only a mountain - The Hoyt's Story.
Born to Run - The greatest race ever.
All three books have really helped me get back to basics and remind me how much I love running. I am seriously looking at barefoot running - or at least in my socks until it warms up. There was some interesting and very valid research in Born to Run - which is about Tahnemura runners in Mexico, Scott Turic, and trail running in general - really a great read. It also has really got me thinking very seriously about vegetarian and such. However I am going to start researching some more about CHIA - apparently the magic factor for runners. Mostly what I liked about the book was it was going back to basics and just running for the pure joy of running - which is why I run. No heart rate monitors, no time intervals, just running because I wanted to - something that coach Barb would not like. NO STATS.
I got back in the pool for the first time in a year- I am not going to lie while I felt okay my shoulders and neck did not. Overall I pulled out 1200 m. 400 straight - the rest in intervals.
Cycling - not going to lie struggling - I hate the trainer. that is what the crew is doing. It has also has been horribly cold here and well I am a pansy. Read a great book - Greg LeMond - Tour de France winner. Great read - but not terribly motivating. Just have to suck it up I suppose - would be brutal if the girls beat me up the hill in the spring.
I guess the big thing is that it is Joe's year and I know the journey he is starting and I want to be there to support him in all ways possible. I know this means putting my goals second and well financially we can't have 2 of us paying huge coaching fees. So this year's blog is going to be from the perspective of a spouse of a future Ironman. Don't get me wrong I am still racing and training but from a different angle. So after May 1st I will not be leading clinics for a while. This will allow me to go up to the Okanangan any weekend we want and train with Joe.
My races - Vancouver half - May 1 - 2:15 pace bunny. Oliver Half Ironman. Gran Fondo Bike Race. San Fran Women's Half Marathon (if we get in). I am sure there will be more - probably a few time trials, UBC Tri and Osoyoss Half iron are good possibilites.
Either way - 2011 is going to be a busy and exiting year. Thankfully I love running again only 2 more sports to go.