Look back, look forward, and hit 2017

Looking back, looking forward, and punching the hell out of 2017!
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Not having a fancy Garmin hasn’t stopped me from tracking my progress. It’s not 1000% percent accurate, but it’s pretty close. The hours & number of workouts are probably 99% right. The mileage on the top right of the pic doesn’t include swimming, so add at least 50 miles there, maybe even 80 total for the year. That’s why the totals decreased so much later in the year – more swimming but the distances didn’t show up because I just recorded time. Some days were just a 30minute walk, but some were runs, swims, and/or bikes inside or outside all combined into one day. And if I compare 2016 to 2015 the totals are insanely higher this past year… 256 miles total, 110 hours total, and 186 workouts compared to the pic above. That’s some freakin’ progress. I had no idea I would hit over 1000 miles.

I spent some of the last day of 2016 hiking by myself. Itimg_20170101_133946837 was really peaceful. And then today, January 1, I spent some time swimming and finding a new little obsession: boxing. “Santa” brought the boys a boxing bag and the gloves came yesterday – some for them, some for me. I found a workout on YouTube, wrote down some basics, and took 15 minutes to do it. WOW. What a sweaty, energy creating, demon wasting, physical explosion of goodness. Where has that thing been all my life?! I’m not even kidding! That thing deserves a name…it’s that awesome. One of my goals this year is to improve my core strength and learn how to not hate running. Working with this bag is going to help me do that.

My word for 2017 is INTENTIONAL – I’ve made my monthly workout plan, setting some realistic goals, and looking forward to some great experiences in 2017.

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The Power of “YET”

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So I’ve been thinking about this word “YET” a lot lately. Such a small tiny word, and we throw it around a lot. There’s plenty of small words, only 3-4 letters, that have a lot of power: no… yes… sex… stop… love…. hate… tri… try… and YET. I started thinking…what if every time I said/thought that I couldn’t do something I finish that with “yet”.

For example, I can’t fix my tire…yet. I can’t cook a pot roast…yet. I can’t run a marathon…yet. I’m not eating as healthy as I should…yet. Apparently I’m not the only one who has ever thought this – shocker – so I pulled some of these images where others have obviously thought about it too. It’s such a small word but when you put it in this context of something that’s personal and feels out-of-reach to you……like, say, an Ironman triathlon for example…it does create a feeling of possibility and potential.

img_3601“I haven’t finished a Half Ironman event …………………yet.” That’s a really different statement than just leaving it closed. Closed implies that I probably won’t ever do it, don’t want to, don’t think I can, etc. But tying that little word YET to the end of it changes the commitment level and expands the possibility of what can happen.

One of Ironman’s slogans is Anything Is Possible. This weekend I watched a lot of the Ironman NC event down in Wilmington. One thing I noticed was that even though there were very  strong, athletic people racing that day, there were also a ton of very normal looking people there. People much bigger than me and much less fit than me were able to make a massive commitment and show up to an event where they probably felt like an impostor even though they’ve put in tons of work. At my OBX event I saw a guy with one or both fake legs, and then in Wilmington I saw someone get out of the water with one leg. That takes some F balls of steel and courage to be among that crowd. It’s no joke even at sprints, but that’s a different level altogether at an Ironman half or full race.

I can’t do that yet. I can’t do a half or full IM today, but I definitely will one day!

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Post Tri Season Lessons Learned

This has been such a year of growth in so many ways. 2016 definitely isn’t over, but the triathlon season is. It’s in my brain chemistry that when I get to the end of something I want to find the good, the great, and the stuff that kinda’ sucked so that I can improve it IF needed next time.

Here are the biggest things I’ve learned from my 2016 tri season:

  • I have become a swimmer! Who knew!? Definitely not me at the beginning of the year. Last weekend I swam at least 2 miles in the pool. Nonstop freestyle! It didn’t just happen….I read a lot, I watched a lot of videos, I asked for help in social media groups, and the Olympics was a great push at the right time. I learned that something that felt impossible a year ago was totally doable IF I pushed for it.
  • I learned that tri peer pressure is very real. And very good. I could not have met my goals this season/summer/year if it hadn’t been for a couple of groups I’m a part of. Having support is critical to any & all ventures, no matter what it is.
  • I learned that I really can call myself a triathlete! Who cares if the distances are sprints or that I’m not fast or whatever. After 15 triathlons I think I’ve earned that prestigious title.
  • I learned about all the different reasons why people do this crazy sport. Being involved as an ambassador for Velocity Sportswear as a member of the TriMafia has been fantastic!! The athletes in that group do a variety of distances, but the thread that we all have in common is our love for this challenge and how it feeds our soul. Whether you’re trying to place and get on the podium, or just trying to squeeze out some demons in your life we all feel a kindred spirit in this search.
  • I learned that discipline is waaaaaaay more important than motivation. Period.

Speaking of which…..gotta’ go, the pool is calling me at 5am!