OK… This stomach flu stuff is free to go. Anytime… No, really.
Well, I made a big first step today. Since I couldn’t get out of my driveway (snow), I spent some quality time on the interwebs researching triathlons and other events for 2014. Something I haven’t done in over a year…
I learned that they are:
- Still expensive
- Seem to be filling up with mud runs, glow runs, color runs and other crap I’m not interested in… at least at this point.
- Causing a conflict between my fitness level (how far I can go) and my brain (how far I THINK I can go)… Remember… Listen to the body, not the brain.
- Scattered among WAY more event providers than before.
- Intimidating as hell. But that’s not new 🙂
Still, I must admit it’s good to feel that anxious excitement and little adrenaline rush when I think about lining up again. I always loved that feeling.
I still don’t have any firm candidates. There are some new ones I’m interested in. Trail runs and the like. There are some old ones like the KC Tri that I have TRIED to participate in several times and gotten chased off of by weather, and then there is always that XTERRA I always wanted to do. I would still like to see one of those someplace in Missouri. The six hour drive is more intimidating than the race is…
I’m thinking March is a good time frame to really start targeting for a “race”. Until then I may dabble in the free, local races and a 5K or two, but nothing serious. Just building back up my base.
I dug through my stuff and found my swim workouts (yes, I kept and even CATEGORIZED them) and while I’m not up to the fitness level to start them back up again, they give me a goal to shoot for, distance wise. Once I hit 1800 yards again on my own, I will go back to those workouts. For now, they are just reminders of how far I have to go…
There are a lot of things that appeal to me. Duathlons, trail races. Unless I can really ramp it up and lose a LOT of weight, I think it is senseless of me to even consider anything over a sprint triathlon or 10K. I hate having to “keep it real” but… I gotta keep it real. And until we get some help at work my travel schedule will get in the way of anything longer.
I think this is part of what I was talking about before. It’s easy to get seduced by the allure of longer or more intense races sometimes. But I found myself setting these huge goals and then getting frustrated when I couldn’t get to them because life got in the way. I don’t HAVE to do a half ironman or a full marathon. But it sure was sexy to think about it. The reality was I was never in shape to do either. I would have been a lot better off without them.
I know my body now, better than I’ve ever known it. Longer races have definitely taught me that. But until I am looking UP at 175lb, those races are dangerous for me and my body tends to start self destructing. That is a long way from now. This week I just need to lose a pound… and pick a race… 🙂