Still can’t find the day……

So this was supposed to be my long night’s journey into day, the summer of my content, but looks like I’m a little lost… I’ve only now gotten a couple of bars worth of signal in the wilderness, so I thought I’d send up a post.

I came roaring out of spring, with a lot of vim and vigor (and anxiousness to be outside) after a long winter on the trainer.  I managed I nice first brevet, and then… then………

I managed to come down with a curious and fun assortment of ailments, starting with two different and consecutive pulled back muscles that put a bit of a crimp on my Dam to Dam-age.  It was fun to do, and although I raced well with respect to my training, I was frustrated that I couldn’t clock a 12.4-mile run under my 13.1 PR time.  I thought that was bad enough.

Then, I came down with a pretty harsh case of “oh wow…. the room is spinning so hard and I haven’t even touched a drop.” It’s a recurrent thing, I’ve experienced it before, and I kind of know what to do for it, but it’s pretty disheartening when you’re closing in on a big goal (qualifying for Nationals in the Olympic-distance triathlon at Omaha July 21st) and you can’t swim at all, you can hardly run, and even cycling is a scary proposition.

I was entering the long, dark tea-time of the soul when a wise friend (http://pushmylimits.wordpress.com/) told me that I should “control what I can control” and accept the rest. Nationals may not happen this year. It’s okay. I may have to adjust my calendar, pushing my “A” race to a little later this year. It’s okay. I may have to focus on perhaps using this as more of a build year and let the big goals I have wait until next year.  It’s okay.

Instead of worrying, I have decided to embrace the suck. I went on a really fun ride with aforementioned wise friend and some others and got in a bit of relaxation time:

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Then I took the kids to the pool and got in a pretty good swim work that was only minimally spin-inducing (the good stuff seems to be working… thanks MacFarland ENT clinic!). As an added bonus, I got a new pair of tri shoes in today, so while I may not qualify this year for nationals, I’ll at least look fabulous not doing it!

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I’m also having lots of fun getting the kids ready for their second triathlon, Evan’s first without training wheels. I also need to remember that while I haven’t prepped myself as much as I would like, working at the bike shop has given me the privilege of helping a lot of up-and-coming athletes (some who don’t even realize yet that they ARE athletes) better chances at succeeding by tweaking or revamping their bike fit or their equipment.

So perhaps, if I seem to be having trouble finding the day, at least I should focus a little on experiencing and enjoying the night! And now, since there was a fair dose of pathos in this post, here, courtesy of funny or die (funnyordie.com) is a picture I find hilarious:
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1 Response to Still can’t find the day……

  1. vardotrichic says:

    Slow and steady wins the race!! Nice work!!

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