Monday - Rest
Tuesday - AM Swim (2,000m) / PM ride (10 miles along the canal)
My parents were firm believers, and vocal, about the fact that there will always be someone who is richer, smarter, faster, taller, and just about anything else more than you – and that is why using those items as benchmarks for your own self worth is such a losing battle. Now, this never stopped me from being ultra-competitive or even having a big ego, but it is still sound advice. I find myself falling into the comparison trap when I read other XTERRA athletes’ blogs and compare my level of training to theirs, my accomplishments to theirs, and come away feeling like I don’t measure up.
It is easy to become discouraged, and training takes far too much mental as well as physical energy to be weighed down by self doubt or unfair comparisons. This is my first year in an entirely new sport, the same year I’m taking a new job, moving across the country, and buying my first house while still trying to balance life with friends and spend time with my incredible wife. You think I could cut myself some slack.
It is a fine line between being motivated by others and jealous of others. Happiness comes from finding the balance between the two and the battle is never over.
I’m flattered by the comments of my good friend. I’m inspired and motivated by his enthusiasm, and I feel grounded as a result of his comments that put everything perspective. He helped to remind me that I’ve worked hard over the course of seven months, accomplished many things I never thought I could, and have put myself in a position to be successful my first XTERRA season. I may not have reached the podium (yet), but I’ve learned a great deal about myself – not to mention swimming, biking, running, and sport in general. So I enter the last two weeks before my final XTERRA race of the season with newfound confidence and passion. I couldn’t ask for anything more, so thank YOU.
I don’t know if it was my comments about the warm pool temperatures after work that led to the campus AD adding some AM lap hours to the pool schedule, but it rocks. I much prefer to swim in the mornings, and my swim training has been way off since moving out to
Got home and went for a hard 4 mile run along the canals in Phoenix. It hurt, but I’m feeling my endurance and strength returning after several weeks off.
I slept in, because I couldn’t get out of bed for an early morning run. After work I hit the south side of Camelback Mtn. for ½ mile hill climb repeats on the bike and then running. I’m beat.
***Stay tuned for a post dedicated to gear reviews. I’ve unfortunately had to purchase quite a bit of new gear as a result of theft when I first arrived in phoenix. I’m planning on posting reviews of my new helmet, gloves, multi-tool, paddles, pull buoy, goggles, and the piece I am most excited about – my new swim trainer.
We all have goals - or should have goals - that’s my personal take. Nothing I’ve done in the last 6 months would have been possible if I didn’t continue to set higher and higher goals for myself. July 4th weekend last year I competed in my first XTERRA triathlon – the Lock 4 blast. I finished 5th, with minimal training and only some idea as to what I was doing, having done a whole two road triathlons before that. Who knew that one XTERRA race would pull me away from 15 years of competitive Ultimate Frisbee and teams that I had helped to build and develop.
The real change happened when I started reading other XTERRA athlete blogs in December. I was trying to rehab my knee and hip after another brutal club season of Ultimate and decided that a year of triathlon and no Ultimate (except coaching) would be the perfect compliment to my injury rehab. I started a blog, built up a bike, and started swimming again. I set my sights on racing all the XTERRA races that I could, and hopefully earning a spot to compete at nationals…this after having done one race.
Here I am 6 months after I started this crazy adventure. I’m in a new city, at day two of a new job, and wondering how 90 degrees can possibly be the low at night. At the same time, I had a great run yesterday after work and today I’m checking out the pool at work. That’s right, pool at the office. Sweet! Anyway, I have one more race on my “revised” (cancel everything because I’m moving) schedule for the season and it will be at altitude on a course I will have never seen before in my life. I have a couple weeks to keep adjusting to my new locale and keep up the training. What makes it all easier is that I have goals. Just one of my current life goals is racing in Tahoe with the big boys, but with a solid race in CA in only a few weeks it might just happen.