You know what I have really really missed since starting my business? BLOGGING! I loved writing in my blog and it's time to resurrect this bad boy. So, guess what? Getting RTTC up and running over the last 20 months drained me dry. More than that, it took all my fitness, all my disposable free time, pretty much all my savings, and a large chunk of my heart and soul! It's been hard and super rewarding all in one! BUT! I moved to the ocean, to the last place I truly loved living and we have been loving every minute of it all. I'm now a certified #sunsetjunkie
The business got to a point where I had to decide if I was going to run it, or be the coach. I have 6 AMAZING coaches on board right now (Audra, Jess, Mikki, Cindy, Amy, and Denise) not to mention the awesome Stacy Sims helping out when needed and so I decided that my days of coaching one on one atheltes needed to end. Sure, I still help out some of our coaches but for the most part our lady-coaches have 100% of the coaching under control. That leaves me to run all the dirty business happenings, which secretly I love! I keep everyone on track, and do all the behind the scenes stuff that takes FOREVER, but nobody ever gets credit for. Hello one woman accounting department, marketing department, customer service department, website developer, and mass email writer. Who wears many hats? This girl! AND, I have to give a quick shout out to Mighty Mo, who PRed in Cozumel with an 11:33 and 5th in her AG. Super proud coach!
So, over the last 20 months I got a bit overweight, and I got a lot slower. I tried not to beat myself up about it too much, but Kona was really hard for me. Honestly, it was soul crushing. I had actually come to terms with the fact that I would be slower, much slower. I had decided that I would enjoy the day, slow down, have fun, smile a lot, cheer for others. Folks, here's the problem. I wasn't in good enough shape to do all that. Kona dealt me an ass whooping on a grand scale. I finished the race so empty, so heart broken, so exhausted I didn't know how I would make it to the car. I actually cried when I had to pick up my bike because I couldn't walk there and back. Total heart break and exhaustion. No other way to put it.
So, dear friends, I would like to get back in shape. That's my goal. And I would like to write about that process. I know that I have to find a new normal, but I'm hoping that the recent shift in my business means I can claw my way back.
With that goal I have signed up for a few races this season. Unlike last season that was pretty much a wash, this one is taking on a life of it's own.
-- Surf City Marathon - I would like to qualify for Boston. We have RTTC atheltes qualifying left and right for Boston 2018 and I would like to be on that start line with them.
-- Ironman New Zealand - ACK!!! Stacy lives there, I would like to visit her, and I've always wanted to race it. I have 14 weeks until race day.
I'm doing a few trail races over the next few weeks, the second of which is right in my backyard. Have I mentioned my new back yard?
So, training starts today, or, maybe yesterday.
Where am I at right now? Well, I've been running a few times a week. Some weeks are good and I get some traction, some not so much. So right now I can run about 11 miles without feeling too sore, past that and it starts to hurt more than it should. I signed up for a 13.1 mile race in Mill Valley for this coming weekend, and then a 25K trail race next to my house for the weekend after that. Those will help keep me motivated to run.
Biking, well, that's in pretty iffy shape. It takes a lot of time that I never seem to find. I tried to panic train for Kona (7 weeks ago now) so I have a little of that fitness left. I feel good on my bike, but my volume needs some work. I did do an FTP test today. Annie took a video....love that kid!
Swimming. I have found a great masters and every morning M/W/F is long course so that's been good for me. I'm not swimming fast for me right now, but I'm not swimming slow either, middle I would say. Kona was a 1:10 and I was ecstatic about that. But I am excited to log more masters sessions. Hoping to do a 200/400 time trial this week to see where I am really at!
The original plan was to take a year off Kona and then go all in and try to win. What really happened was that year off turned into starting a business that completely flooded me and sent me in the opposite direction of the original plan. But you know what, Kona happens every year, and there are many more opportunities to chase my goal. I'm not giving up on it, but it's going to take some work to be able to see it as even a remote possibility again. And I'm okay with that. I know in my heart the mistakes I made during the first go around and I think there is some wisdom that I can apply to the next push. Plus, it's the "trying" that makes all of this stuff so fun!
Training starts NOW!
BIKE: FTP test on the bike, starting wattage 219 FTP (I need to procure a power meter for my actual bike)
RUN: 90 minute easy run around town as the sun set, about 8:45 pace. Most of it was in the dark and I probably ran a tad too fast. Heart rate monitor is going back on this week.