It’s nice to be able to count on something isn’t it?
After Augusta I have been struggling with motivation. Even with marathons in the next month the desire to get out and get the miles in has not been there. I have read numerous articles about this effect, and talked to a number of local people, and have found that I am not alone in this issue. The Winter letdown is common, especially with no Triathlon’s on the horizon.
Well … there’s an easy fix for that.
One meeting with KC and the desire has returned.
Let me be clear. KC is not the “in your face, do every race that comes down the pike, and if you don’t compete I have no time for you” type of person. There are plenty of those in this area (I will withhold the names but you know who you are). KC takes the time and listens to us, to our trepidations, and although I cannot say what is inside her head, I can say that what comes out of her mouth is always positive and never judgmental. Even when she is telling us we have been doing some things wrong, she says it in a way that doesn’t make you feel attacked, and she ALWAYS has a plan to fix it.
If you have been reading my blog you know I still have issues with swimming, so of course during our meeting this came up again. When KC started talking about it her words ran together and “swim panicking” came out as “swimicking”. I informed her immediately that I was taking that term and using it, because it describes my feelings in the water perfectly. So, you will probably hear that come through these pages (and out of my mouth for those of you with the GREAT fortune of knowing me personally! LOL). My swimicking is an issue, and the frustrating thing about it is that it doesn’t happen every time. I had races where I felt panicky, but after getting in the water I was fine, and then others where I felt confident, then panicked when the gun went off. But how to deal with this is the issue, and here is where KC excels in my book: she NEVER says “this is what you need to do to fix this”. She “gets” it that everyone is different. It’s like going up to someone who is suffering from depression and asking them “why are you depressed? just get over it”. It doesn’t work, and she understands that what works for her may not work for me. Her conversation with me was around ” all I can tell you is that I had the same issues, and at some point it clicked, and I still panic but I can work through it”. Exactly what I needed to hear.
So anyway, we met with KC and went over the plan for 2013. The overall goal(s) of this season are:
- Lose the pounds
- Get to where I can run, if not the entire 13.1 miles, at least MUCH more than I have to walk
- Limit the stops during training … i.e train like it’s a race ALL the time
- Improve through the season
- Hill work on the bike at least every third ride
- Pre and Post stretching after EVERY run
- Always a run off the bike, even if only for a few minutes
- Prepare for a full Ironman in 2014
We have a lot of goals, and with a sub-par 2012 past me I am ready to hit this season hard and see advancement. It’s an ambitious schedule with a lot of racing and longer distances. We are looking at:
3 Half Ironman Distance races (HITS Ocala, Gulf Coast 70.3, and Augusta)
1 Marathon (actually the Disney Goofy Challenge which is a half and a full on consecutive days)
4 Half Marathons (including the Gasparilla Beck’s Light Challenge)
1 Olympic Distance Triathlon (St. Anthony’s with TNT)
4 Sprint Triathlon’s (Crystal River series and Twilight)
The 394.6 miles of racing, and untold miles and time in training …
… and the thing is … I see that number and I am not daunted or scared by it. It’s almost become a fact of life through the year.
This is the plan.
Set your calendars.