“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu
I’m not going to lie, this off-season has been pretty spectacular. I took a nice big break from triathlon. Yes, I kept training and yes by the end of it I even followed a plan. But I didn’t think about it and I didn’t put any pressure on myself to have to get it done. I also took the time to have some fun with cross-training.
I do generally feel like winter in upstate NY demands some fun cross-training or you will lose your mind! Plus, truthfully, on the nice days it’s exceptionally nice to be outdoors even in the snow.
Over the course of this off-season I have also had a chance to do some reflecting on my goals and the ways in which I might be able to achieve them. Part of that has been owning up to some things that I’m not doing to the best of my ability. So I’ve set some intentions regarding food etc. And I have to say, so far so good. Of course I didn’t do as well as I wanted to do with eating while I was away on vacation, but that’s vacation. Since we’ve been back, I’ve been pretty much full force back at eating a clean, vegetarian spread on a daily basis.
What’s the point of the post? Right. Well all of that off-season has been wonderful and it’s given me the chance to recharge, reenergize and hopefully refocus. But today begins the next journey. Today is the start of my official training plan for this season’s A race. This season’s A race is Tupper Lake Tinman 70.3.
A throwback to the first time I raced Tinman.
It took me a little while to pin this race down as my A race for this year. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after finishing Ironman Lake Placid last year. That’s such a big goal that I wasn’t really sure what kind of goal I could have after that. It’s like the big kahuna so how does one follow that up. After a lot of thinking and considering what is best for my family, I decided to stick with the 70.3 distance this year. Tinman was my first 70.3 and since I crossed that finish line, I have learned a great deal about myself and I have come a long way. (At least in my mind I have!) And thus it was decided that I’m heading back. I’m heading back to this race, smarter and, once my training is complete, stronger. I am heading back with goals to really do well come race day and hopefully be able to measure my progress both mentally and physically from the first time I crossed that finish line to now.
So, with my coach at my back and in my head, guiding my way….
I’m hoping to see bigger and better things this year. And thus begins my journey. And he’s all business! So, fingers crossed for a great season!