Oh my GOSH, where have I been? I don’t even know!
After Ironman I jumped into several short course races. I attained my post Ironman goal of qualifying for 2019 USAT Age Group Nationals, and smoked myself in the process. My performances were way less than stellar, and I didn’t give one f*ck. I was so HAPPY to be out there racing. Short course has always been my first love, but the darn Ironman keeps pulling me away. For me there is such an art to short course, and fire. I miss that. So short course, I am coming home in 2019!
I jumped into a cyclocross class and learned some valuable bike skills. It was a whole new world for me, and I was terrible at it (I had a lot of fun). To be proficient at cyclocross you have to really dedicate yourself (as with any sport). So it’s on my list…. for one of these days!
I keep coming back to the fact that triathlon truly is my first love. My main love. My pie in the sky. That whole retirement a few years ago was good and necessary. It taught me that I love it in the space of triathlon and here is where I want to be. My family is here, my friends are here, my love is here.
So as much as I fought it, I stay!
My 2019 season is shaping up. I have just begun structured training, and it feels good to be back in the groove again. The switch to short course is requiring me to make a lot of physical and mental shifts. In some ways Ironman is easy. I know the flow of the training and the structure so well, it’s an easy fallback for me.
But short course? It’s an old friend I haven’t seen in a while, named OUCH.
A few months ago I began working with Josh Rossi of Lift to Run. I am not a strong runner. I have had some good running performances in the past, but I have always felt something was missing. I felt I was too fit to be running so poorly and honestly nothing made sense. I went to Josh because I knew he would challenge me in the ways I needed to be challenged. I knew he is THE MAN for running. He doesn’t stick you into a pre calculated box of what running form should look like. In fact he didn’t watch me run for several weeks, and when he did it was on a track doing 100 yard repeats (oh dear GOD). He looks at how you move, and helps you improve it. I have been doing strength work that I have never done. I am being challenged cognitively, biomechanically, and neurologically (or I just like to use neologisms, who knows).
It’s a few months later and I am starting to see the results of that work in my runing, which has given me great hope. I will share more of that journey as it unfolds, I am a bit too superstitious right now to believe it’s real just yet!
Bottom line: if you are a runner, go to Josh.
As I am nearing my mid forties and I have been at this sport a long long LOOOOONG time, I have to embrace change and challenge openly. To achieve things I never have I have to do things I have never done. My biggest mental shift is believing I don’t have to train 20 hours a week anymore. I might sneak up to that volume during peak weeks, but then again I might not. This isn’t Ironman. Truthfully it’s taken me YEARS to understand that, and I am still working on it.
Funny though….. in the coaches role it’s what I preach, coach, and I see it work! We can be our own worst enemies.
So as we look forward to 2019 I have exciting things on the horizon. In fact next Monday I have some news to share that I am so freaking over the moon about I can’t even BELIEVE IT!
How about you? How are you? What’s on tap for YOU in 2019? I am interested in hearing from you either in the comments, or shoot me a FB message or email. maryeggers at gmail dot com. I thrive on this community and what our respective goals and challenges are. So please feel free to share!