We are up to week three, or is it four… of this triathlon break, and I am feeling the best I have felt in …. well in ages. We’ve ruled out retinal detachment, adjusted prescriptions for my glasses, I have one more appt with the neurologist in another week. Then we are home free.
I am running and as I said before I am loving it. I love the simplicity of it. I love that right now it’s my focus instead of the afterthought. The niggles that came with triathlon are gone and I am slowly building my mileage, as I also work on strength. These days I am bouncing from weight room to weight room and our home gym. I am lifting heavy, lifting light, utilizing TRX and Bosu and generally just playing, being creative with all things strength. Here are a few of my favorite things:
Strangely with just running and weight training those few pounds I have working to lose for years literally just fell off. Less can truly be more. With less activity you also don’t need to eat all the time. It’s actually quite nice! More on that another day.
Skiing took a backseat this week with a family member in hospice, but more on that experience another day too.
With last week’s snowfall I should have a few more weeks ahead of me. The park nearby also has SNOW!!!!!!! That means I have been getting in some cross country skiing. I do both classic and skate. Not well, but I do them.
In terms of equipment if you plan ahead to next winter there are loads of deals right now. You have to know where to look.
I am skiing on these Dynastar’s, which for my level (beginner) are really great:
I am setting myself up for next season’s adventure goals, which include telemark skiing and skinning. I was able to get an incredible deal on these, which are with my friend Amy right now, and Amy tested them out this weekend, YEAH!
I think I have found my SUP board to race on this year. This has been a process, boards are so different. I have demo’ed a million out and I really feel good on the Rivera. This one is a brand new release, is 12’6″, fiberglass and I went with 28″ width (even though we were thinking I would do well on a 26).
And by the way….. all of the above was MUCH less than a bike! SCORE!
This new adventure is so so so much fun. There are Ski races and Lopetts and SUP races, trail running, hiking and backcountry adventures that I am ready to dive into and learn. That all used to take a back seat because I had this race or that race on the horizon. I have two rooms filled with trophies and ribbons and medals, which I am eternally grateful for.
Do you know what I remember most about those? Not the times I did races in, but the experiences I had during those races. With friends. With strangers. That’s how you know you have done a triathlon career right in my opinion. The wins are nice but the relationships formed are forever.
So three or four weeks in, and I am feeling good. I get to live triathlon through our athletes which has made this whole experience even more rich. Before I forget…. I will be the announcer again for the Score-This Multisport series this summer! YEAH!
I get the best of all worlds….. and not because I have had some stroke of fortune…. but because I listened, had the guts to step out and step in, and let go of the fear of diving into something new. Life is too short. Last I checked we get to do this once. I want to make sure i pack it all in.
I am slowly but surely learning that packing it all in doesn’t mean burning the candle at both ends all the time. I am loving being new to things, I am loving the feeling of being a beginner again. So this far in…… it’s good.