Sunday, August 26, 2012

Back to School

So one day you wake up and the sadness is gone.  The sadness is like a heavy weight you drag around with you like a child holding on to your leg and not letting go. So you walk around, dragging the child around, trying to ignore it but it is damn near impossible.  There is no desire to do the activities you love.  

This goes back to the simple laws of physics.  An object at rest wants to stay at rest.  And let me tell ya, all I wanted to do is rest. 

I am starting to feel like the fog has finally lifted and I am ready to go back to work.  I wonder if it has anything to do with school starting tomorrow.  The days of having a fresh start with a new year must be still in my blood.  I have this urge to set new goals.

So, I already have 3 big ones in 2013.  The first one is in January.  I am doing the Walt Disney Goofy Challenge.  This is when you run a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday. This comes out to be 39.3 miles in 2 days. I have wanted to do Disney for awhile now and I am excited to finally tackle it. So right now my training is running...and I should be doing more of it. 

Next up is Ironman Texas 2013 in May.  I would actually like to train properly for this one.  Follow a true plan.  I am looking for improvement. Specifically, a significant improvement on my swim. I barely made the cut off this year with 40 seconds to spare.

The biggest daddy of them all is Ironman Lake Tahoe 2013 in September.  Why is this one so big?  Well to be honest, being prepared for the altitude differences kinda freaks me out.  I can not slack off in training on this one.

Looking at these goals, I understand that in order to improve and conquer.  I have to tackle my weaknesses.  The big 3 are:  my swimming, my core muscles and my nutrition.  I know what I need to do.  The challenge is doing it while working a full time job.  

The next 2 months, I will be finishing up a big project at work.  During this time I will focus on my training for the last 2 triathlons of 2012.  The Houston Olympic on September 30 and the Oilman 70.3 on Nov. 4.   Then I will be ready to break down and focus on those limiters (also know as my weaknesses).

Monday, August 20, 2012


Okay, what did I just say about derailed plans?

Last night, I had to sleep without air conditioning.  In Houston. It was 90 degrees.  With 3 fans blowing.

I still woke up in a puddle.

Looks like tonight I am going to my childhood bedroom  to sleep.  Repair guy came today and said I had a huge hole leaking freon.  He is going to try and fix it.  He is coming back with blow torches and an assistant.  Sounds like serious business.

So I am sitting here in a hot house working on the motivation to go to spin class. Today is day one of the Active Challenge and I am still feeling lazy. How do I break out of this slump? Ugh.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Get it Going

I was cleaning out my email box when someone left a comment on my last post that encouraged me to keep on blogging.  Thank you, mysterious person, for inspiring me to write again.  The comment has since been deleted, but the message to me will forever be stamped in my mind.  You are truly an angel.

Sometimes life derails your plans.  You have in your head where you want to be, but in order to obtain it, X, Y and Z must fall perfectly into place.  But then it doesn't.  My natural instinct is to hide from the world instead of making excuses.

That is when I stop writing.  Funny, because I bet that is when I need to write the most.

I am not alone.  Many people get derailed.  How does one get back in the saddle over and over and over again?  Do you really wait until the stars are aligned and life falls perfectly into place?

Then I could be waiting a LONG time.

Another angel convinced me to sign up to be the captain of our team in a company wide Active Challenge for the next 8 weeks.  My job will be to motivate our team.  I am a motivational words junkie.  This is right up my alley.  I am excited to share what I have learned to others.  And I also feel like it is the jump start I need in my own life.

I have to remind myself of Mike Litman's famous words. I don't have have to get it right, I just have to get it going.