Monday, August 10, 2009

Whine Free Zone

It's August

and I have done { insert dead air space } this many races so far! Not my choice mind you. Instead of (continuing) to whine about all my misfortune, the races I've missed and the fitness not being where I might like it, I simply remind myself that for one, this is a hobby and not life altering. I can't deny the health benefits that come from consistent daily training but more importantly it clears my mind, adjusts my outlook and tolerances of daily life and it just plain feels good to see what I've accomplished at the end of a week/month. The second (more important) reason is that I am not holding up my end of the bargain of racing for Margaret as I had promised to do for 2009. So with that,I'm (desperately) trying to pull it together with whatever I've got along with what is left of this rapidly dissipating season.

Unfortunately Timberman 70.3 will be yet another race shelved due to the severe lack of run fitness I've lost trying to recover from a treadmill mishap. So instead of wussing out completely, I will do the Aquabike. Oooooooooooooo. I know! exciting, huh? Now I have never done an aquabike nor a triathlon for that matter in which I have not completed the run segment in all the years I have been competing in triathlon (since 98!) That alone I should be grateful and truly, I am. But I have to say, my head is not in it at the moment and I have approximately 2 weeks to get my head in the right place and my attitude firmly adjusted.

1. I will smile as I pick up my race packet and rack my bike in the sectioned area of
woe is me, I can't run-Aquabikes.

2. I will not look over at the cool kids racking their bikes in the S/B/AND RUN section and

pout that I'm not over there chit chatting about how many races I've done this season and
my goals for the day.

3. I will swim (and smile) and bike ( and smile)

4. I will not cry after racking my bike and continue to pout (see #2) while watching the cool kids
rack there bikes and head out for 13.1 miles of treats and cold drinks handed out by men
dressed in prom dresses and sprinklers set up to play under while people clap for you
and say odd things like " YOU LOOK GRRRREAT" "ALMOST THERRRRRE!"

5. I will leave the race with a feeling I accomplished something and use it as a springboard
for the remainder of the season. (I hope)