It was a great week mixed with snowboarding, time with the family and training. Unfortunately though my little vacation caused me to have to work until 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and all day Saturday- well, between my long run and swim. It was worth it though.
My life is so organized, every minute has a purpose and oddly enough, I feel comfortable in that world. However, vacations allow you to take a step back and actually think. It was nice to have a few minutes where I wasn’t needed in a meeting, working at my computer with someone standing behind me, swimming,biking, running or in the gym, scooping dog poop, etc...
I often think back to this moment from my vacation where my nephew and I, kind of by accident hopped on an, “experts only” double black diamond chair lift. Where we got off the chair at the top of the mountain was so incredibly steep and there were trees and cliffs all around us. We had to hike for 30 minutes across the peak, where we could drop into a slightly, and I do mean slightly less steep bowl. As we were about to descend, my nephew asked, “ should we hike back and take the chair down?”. This was my moment, this is why its important to stop the hurricane that we call life and take a break. I knew at that moment, I had the opportunity to tell him that he could do it, he was strong enough to cut the turns on the steep angle, smart enough to know when and brave enough to make the drop. There are no other moments in life that will be as important as using your own courage to empower a kid.
I wonder, if I didn’t embark on challenges like Ultraman, would we have made another choice? Would I have had that, “we can do anything” attitude?
I have found that completing challenges, that at times seem beyond your reach, gives you the power to know that you can do anything. I remember the feeling I had after I crossed the line of my first Ironman, after that, I was unstoppable. About a year later I registered for one of California’s toughest fire academy's, the one that women couldn’t seem to graduate from. You might call me a, “challenge junkie”, it’s OK though, it’s kind of what fuels me.
I ask you my friends, what’s your challenge? What’s the thing you are going to do that seem beyond your reach? Or, have you done it already? I would love to hear your stories.
Now, as for my training this week:
Leg Squats: 20 hours, several 15 minute intervals, flying down a hill.
Swimming: 2 swims. Really recovery swims, not too high in yardage, just enough to keep my form.
Biking: 2 rides. The first ride was a blast, I rode with 4 guys and it was a race. I think my most favorite part of riding with guys is all the smack talk, I make sure I get mine in early because its better to talk smack face to face rather than when you’re trying to catch up, kind of looses its punch then. The second bike was a 3 hour mountain bike ride in the rain. These are the rides that set you apart from the rest of the world...there is no, “it’s raining, lets do a movie instead”. My husband is truly a gift though as he could say that but didn’t.
Run: I ran 2 times. The first one was the day after 3 days of snowboarding, it felt similar to beginning the run in an Ironman after 112 miles of biking. The second was a nice 90 minute recovery run and that actually felt good.
Well, tomorrow its back to full Ultraman training, I feel fresh from my vacation, both physically and mentally. Thanks for taking this ride with me, see you in a week.