Reconnecting

Written by Mary Eggers. Posted in General

Who would have thought an injury would be a blessing in disguise? I certainly didn’t.

My injury has resolved itself and I am back to daily running. Taking the time to rebuild fitness and admitting I didn’t take the proper break after Ironman Mont Tremblant in 2013. Getting back to basics is exciting.. Detaching myself from the restrictions of the past has been downright refreshing.

Everything old is new again.

My goals this coming season are mine. Not a team’s, not what I should be doing to properly represent a company. Mine. 2015 is filled with what lights MY fire. What drives ME. What I want to do and achieve. It made me realize I have been living someone else’s agenda.

I love Ironman, don’t get me wrong. It’s the main part of my business. I have done 8 and I have 8 beautiful medals to show for it. But I am ready to get back to what I was born to do. RACE. Race the distances I love. I crave. Go fast and frequent. I have a coach that supports that. Who is only interested in helping me become my best. I have always believed my best performances lay before me and I have a coach who does too.

So refreshing.

And my coach doesn’t give one shit if I drink coffee.

There are some changes ahead for me. Major major changes. I have decided to dedicated 2015 to everything I love to do when it comes to racing (I already do it in the rest of my life). Don’t get me wrong…. I learned a lot during the past 5 years. A whole heck of a lot. Good things, frightening things.

What I have found recently was my spirit.

I have been in the pool a LOT. AAAAAALLLOOOOTTTTT. It’s the most yardage I have swam in a decade. I am a swimmer, let me swim. My times aren’t reflective of what I am capable of (I need a good bump in yardage to capture that, and then I can drop back down). In the pool is where I always find that connection again. When I push off the wall in streamline. My arms tight overhead, that moment when the world goes quiet and the clock on the wall is ticking but you can’t see it.

When hard means hard and you feel it rather than look at it. When you hit the wall breathless and the clock is fuzzy. Hit the time or don’t hit the time it doesn’t really matter because you felt it.

When I am out running and the colors capture me. The sound of leaves crunching beneath my feet and the air is crisp and refreshing to draw in again.

That is what reconnects me. 2015 is going to be about honoring what connects me.

Speaking of connecting…….

Kona is coming in a few weeks. Mark my words: the champion of this race will not be dictated by a scientific race plan. 100% of the time this is how it plays out. Ask the former champions. They will tell. Kona goes to the athlete who of course is prepared (and there is a lot of science behind that these days….. but race day is different). The top spot will go tot he athlete who has the mix of passion and spirit. Kona is a special place and no one has ever won who has not been able to connect with that.

The top spot in Kona will go to the athlete who sees an opportunity and takes it. Who isn’t afraid to lay it down and takes the chance of everything crumbling. Numbers on the Queen K don’t matter as much as heart does. In any other race you can get away with numbers. Not here.

Mark my words. Predictions over the next two weeks will be filled with stats and numbers and comments on how lean someone looks, how injury free another one is. The winning spot in Kona will go to the athlete who has the right blend of spirit and passion. Trust me on that. That’s what racing is. That’s what competition is. Make it too sciencey and the magic disappears. Then you remain a robot. Racing is tactical…. even in the Ironman. (my personal picks on the female side are Lindsey Corbin and of course… Miranda!).

That is what I am craving to return to.

The remainder of 2014 and all of 2015 is built on that. Racing. 5K’s, 10K’s, swim meets, short course racing. Series racing. With one big goal that will take me multiple seasons to achieve, unless I get really lucky!

So how about YOU?

The myth of busy

Written by Mary Eggers. Posted in General

It makes me laugh.

“I don’t know how you do it all Mary!” “You’re SOOOOO busy Mary!”

The thought behind my smile is often…. how do YOU know? Because it’s true. People think I am a busy girl. But what they don’t know is what I do and don’t do on a daily basis. And what they don’t know is this: I don’t work. EVER. AT ALL.

Isn’t the advice: do something you love and you will never work a day in your life? That’s true for me. Today. And always. I don’t work. At all.

Do you? I am always STUNNED when people tell me “Ugh. I have to work today.” Why would you have a job that makes you feel like…. THAT? I don’t believe Anyone is stuck. I don’t believe ANYONE is in a dead end. This is America. The land of opportunity. You have the ability to rise up and rise above and create the life you dream of!

That’s what I have done my whole life. I can’t remember the last day I ever really worked!

My new position is amazing. I get to be part of something amazing. Every DAY I am surrounded by amazing nurses. Amazing students. Amazing PEOPLE. I feel like I have been inducted into a FAMILY. I get to be PART of something.

As a coach I get to work with athletes! Of all kinds and abilities. Do you understand how fun that is???? Do you understand how I get to be part of THEIR journey too?

As an athlete myself I wake up, sometimes as early as 3am to hop on my bike. Yes I go to bed early silly! No…. I don’t watch television. Nothing (since LOST is over) holds my interest like real life does. I love that I get to ride my bike or run at an hour where the world is silent. I  love that I then get to go swim in a new pool with new people and new stories.

Grad school? Oh my WORD I have met some BRILLIANT people. I have examined the theory of nursing and how it relates to the kind of nurse I am and what my nursing practice is all about. And I got two A’s so far!

I get to be a mom and a wife (which are really the top of the list), and I get to do that every single day.

So when do I work?

I don’t even know what work is, or work means. I have not worked in so so so long.

I know the old saying is that life is short, but it is. I don’t know why on earth you would spend it doing something you didn’t love. EVERY DAY. ALL DAY. I didn’t grow up privileged. I have put in some long hard hours. If you tally up what people think is work for me, I put in some long days right now. I am not tired. I don’t drink as much coffee as you think I do either! I get a lot of sleep. I eat really well (and enjoy treats too!). I wake up in the morning excited for the day. EVERY day.

Why would I choose a path where that wasn’t the truth for me? The point of life is to gather experiences. Get to know as many people and their stories as I can. To make a difference in the world…. somehow…. some way. To do the things I love to do. I love to move. I have the gift of moving every single day.

When I go to bed at night I go to bed having lived a full day. To the brink.

I feel bad for those who say to me “I know you are busy Mary, but…..”… it makes me think…. who has treated THEM like they weren’t a priority. That they now have to preface even sending an email or reaching out?

“Sorry to bother you Mary…” Bother me? No one is a bother to ME…. who treated you like you WERE a bother? Goodness! Please don’t walk around apologizing for existing. Love existing!!!!

Do what you love. Last time I checked we get ONE shot at this. One. Not a do over, not a try again. This is it. So find it. Find what you love.

I get to spend every day doing such fun things. I can’t believe I actually even get PAID to do many of those things. So I ask you: what are you passionate about? Are you doing what you love to do? If not…… don’t allow there to be an excuse. Allow there to be a path to the answer being…. YES.
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