Mary Eggers

General

Plans

What I appreciate most about this time of the year, is that feeling of hope that arises within me as the days get just a little bit longer. As the sunshine peeks out after weeks of what has seemed to be grey. I love winter. Since I started sking I love it that much more.

I love that the snow blanketing the forrest creates light in an otherwise darker time of the year. Funny how nature compensates like that, isn’t it?

I have been enjoying the process of figuring things out on all fronts of my life this season. I decided to start my Doctorate in April, after deferring, declining and accepting nearly 12 times. What pushed me over the edge was a conversation with my Department Chair. She simply asked “What do you want to be doing in ten years?”

Aside from financial and Luc…. I have never had a long term plan. My nursing career has kind of just fallen together through seven degrees of circumstance. So I really gave it some thought, and where I would like to be in ten years got very clear.

So I am going to start! It’s a 28 month program. My schedule is great, I am not working too much and while there is never a great time to embark on such an adventure, this is actually a good time!

I did make the decision not to go to USAT Nationals this summer, which was my original goal. My first residency is in August (a week long workshop in Colorado), and a few friends and I decided to partake in Ironman Mont Tremblant, as a relay! The only courses I have been able to crack an hour have been Placid and Florida. I did IMMT in 2013 and I wasn’t able to do it, so I am on a mission to get that done!!!! But with two big trips, a trip to Nats isn’t just going to work. Bummer, but I still have plenty of adventure ahead!

This season I am going to take on a sprint / olympic distance focus for triathlon and really start to focus on running. Luc and I will start training with GVH come June, and I am working on building my mileage. Right now I am at 20 miles per week and the goal is to hit and maintain 40, that mileage is great for me and I take a long long time to get there!

Through my DNP program my main focus will be running (with swimming and cycling in there of course for cross training and recovery). Running takes less time, and has a bigger impact on fitness (for me). Plus it’s never been a focus. I am coaching an athlete through this very focus right now and she’s inspired me to give it a whirl!!!

Fitness is in my blood and while I stayed fit through grad school, I will maintain a better level of it this time around. I will be working a lot less this go round, and a 5 mile run can be squeezed in anywhere.

I don’t believe there “isn’t enough time” for fitness and health. I am lucky in that I grew up an athlete, I married an athlete. It’s as much a part of our daily lives as drinking coffee.

I recently challenged my students to track their use of social media using their iPhone. When they told me some of the numbers they hit, I pointed out that they could be at least walking on a treadmill while scrolling, and some of them have actually started doing it!

Make time for health, or make time for illness.

We have a lot of fun things coming up within our family, and I am excited to partake in all of the action. I m feeling stoked about my focus this season, I have ZERO desire to go long and that feels great. At some point people started thinking that sprint and olympic triathlon was for beginners. My aim is to change that. By the way, it’s the reason Curt has lasted so long in this sport!

General

Sunlight

It was baerly 17 degrees out, the “hot hands” in my gloves were saving me as we ran into the headwind. Luc ran just a few yards ahead of me and like a metronome set to a specific cadence, just kept pace. He had no Garmin on, he had no idea what pace we were running. He just simply ran along and for ten miles….. he stayed absolutely steady.

I ran behind him in both amazement and pride. I had even offered him the chance to cut the run short as it was so cold out. He declined “I am a cross country runner. We are running ten miles”.

If you know anything about cross country runners, you know that they run in all conditions, every day. No questions, no excuses, no treadmill. They just run.

I am proud of his tenacity and perseverance. I also felt a selfish pride. At age 18 I would have never run with my parents, and here we were running together. It’s something I cherish more than I can explain.

We don’t care what sport he plays and what level he takes it to. Our only requirement is that he moves every day. If he chose to use Wi Fit (is that still around?) that would have also been fine. The fact that he’s become enamored with running is an incredible bonus.

My brother (he’s more my brother than my own) Rich, organized the run. It was just a ‘start whenever you want, run as far as you’d like’ gathering. We had a port potty and a tent. He built a fire after his own run. Friends brought food donations that were later donated to a food pantry, and also brought food for one another.

As we ran along the preplanned route, it was just good. The coldest day of the year, and here we were 80 miles from home, just running ten miles. As we all crossed paths we hugged and high fived. There were smiles and encouragement.

“You drove 80 miles to run 10 for what reason?” I was asked.

I don’t know how to explain why to be honest.

I have this meme printed out, and I look at this every day:

sunlight

It’s a reminder that I need to help me remember who my tribe is, and who it is that I can lean on. A lot of people lean on me for various reasons, and man that’s such an honor. But I have to be careful as when I sometimes try to lean back, I end up leaning the wrong way, or I end up having nothing to lean against. This helps me remember where I can lean.

Whoooo. Psychology.

But that’s how I can explain why we would drive 80 to run 10 when it’s not a race. These are our people. Many of these people have been in my life for 20+ years, some shorter, but they feel like family.

That’s what I love about the community I get to be part of. We celebrate one another’s greatest victories and we are there with open arms when you sh*t the bed at an Ironman (I am good at sh*tting the bed at Ironman!!!!!).

So that’s why. These are our people. I love them so much. We lean on one another and we are really about….. love to be honest.

So, to make a long story short it was awesome to share that with my son and our extended family. It was just awesome.

As we turn towards the season I am having a hard time deciding exactly which races to do. Our WYN Republic captain needs my list yesterday and I truly don’t know outside of Nationals and LP 70.3. I am feeling good, training is coming along well, and I am pulled by so many events.

I am eagerly awaiting my WYN Republic kit too…… it will be like Christmas Day!

So I need to get on the race schedule soon. The fire is growing, my body feels good, my heart is in it and I am getting ready to race soon.

But for now….. I am going to lean into the sunlight.