Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Getting through the daze

It feels odd, really, to be this close to Ironman Hawaii, but still three and a half weeks out. The race is still far enough away that I'm not SUPERWORRIED, but close enough that I can (almost) feel the taper. I'm just not quite there. Yet.

Knock on wood and all that stuff. Trust me: I'm doing it right now.

Day by day I'm doing my best to stay focused, keep my eyes on the prize (finishing!), and staying happy/sane/healthy/happy/focused/happy/happy throughout. Did I mention...happy?

A few things that have helped me along the way?

Why I'm glad that you asked....

-Giving myself permission to climb Palomar without the bike computer/time/watts showing. Then while pedaling to the traditional START of the climb, having my curiosity get the better of me and figuring "what the hell. IF I don't like the numbers, I'll just switch the computer off. And who knows - I may surprise myself."

It turns out: I surprised myself. But I never would have known had I not given myself permission to fail, given myself permission to be okay with just climbing.

-Along the way, I learned that talking with someone else makes the time go by A LOT faster - especially when that someone is a former world record holder for the Ride Across America. Can't remember his name (I WAS working my butt off!), but have the picture to prove it. The 62-year old former Cat 1 cyclist, US Marine, and world record holder made my ride awesome.

-Thinking about Jen's other athletes - Michelle and Ange - who are also racing at Kona. Even though I've never me them, I especially feel like we're all in this together. I know that they're out there...getting the work done and everything.

-Seeing and then following Cat's Survival of the Shawangunks. The event looks incredible and is one that I would MOST DEFINITELY like to do in the future. The trail running, lake swimming, trail running, MORE lake swimming (ie - no sharks!), and running is incredible. Throw in a 30-mile bike ride at the beginning and I'm hooked. Perhaps next year...? Or the year after...? I can't decide - but know that at some point, I'll have to do it.

-Following Herrad's story and being grateful for the ability to pursue my dreams. If you haven't checked out her blog, it is truly an inspiration. I can't thank her enough for sharing her journey - access denied living with multiple sclerosis. I know that it isn't easy for her - but her posts, her honesty, and beautiful insight on life makes me pause and reflect on what is truly important.

- Hearing Don Draper's quote on last Sunday's episode of Mad Men. It's a show that Nathaniel and I try and watch together. Okay..okay...stay awake late enough to see an episode through to the very end. But Don's quote really was good:
"Our worst fears lie in anticipation..."

I was so inspired - mostly because it's been the anticipation of Kona that has me the most nervous. In addition to the fear of the unknown... At this point, I just want the race to arrive...Don's remark was perfectly timed.

(I would be remiss to NOT thank French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac, 1799-1850 who commented:
"Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation."

So there you have it...)

- It doesn't matter the workout - I crave the carbonation at the end. And don't think I won't go for the Diet Coke if we're out of Seltzer water. Not that it happens that often...but...

- Knowing that there really ARE good people in the world. Damie worked very hard to save the life of an abused and abandoned dog - and through her hard work, Shelby Angel has a new home and more importantly, a new life. Its people like her that restore my faith in humanity.

-Following the success of Mary. I couldn't be happier that she is rediscovering her athletic-self (with the help of an incredible coach). It makes me SO HAPPY when good things happen to good people (who work hard). Mary deserves all of her success - she's been through a lot...and I couldn't be prouder. I think about her effort when I'm out 'there', pounding the pavement or going after those few extra watts.

-Finally throwing in the towel and deciding to get a new hair cut. It's been way way way too long... I was planning on waiting until after Hawaii - but seriously... I can't remember the last time I went out without my hair up in a ponytail. So now, I've got a new look.

Yes - its short...

And I'm trying to figure out new ways of keeping it off my face for the race. And I'm still trying to get used to it (it is SHORT for me...). But hey, I wouldn't go back given the choice, because it is WAY better than the mop I had before.

Plus, it was super fun walking out of the salon with styled and bouncy and CUTE hair. Trust me when I say its a rarity for me.

The little things...right?

In a nutshell - there you have it. I'm sure there are more things, but I just can't think of them at this point. So without further ado...

Our worst fears lie in anticipation....

Remember that. Because I sure as heck am trying...


Mama Simmons said...

MARIT!!! I do feel like we're in this together! I hink about ou and Ange every day while I'm out there training... Knowing that you guys are too is totally inspiring! And YES! Can't wait to meet you both. :)

and cute hair cut. I totally need to get mine cut. It's harder these days for me bc I have to find a babysitter so I can go get it cut, but I always want to use my babysitters so I can get a training session in! Ugh. My haircut may have to wait until after Kona... so I'll be the one there with the unruly MOP... That gets all knotted- so much that I can't even comb it. A rat's nest... Ugh again.

D said...

What are you so worried about in Kona? I mean, I won't make that much fun of you when I out-eat you post-race.

Train-This said...

I love the new do. I love it! So sheek! You know..... we've all been through a lot..... "together" and I know that I could not have endured what I have endured without you sistah! And that makes me look really forward to our March Beach Party!

ADC said...

Well you are so READY. And it will be awesome. I must make sure that I find good internet connection that day. The hair is really cool.

Jennifer Harrison said...

Marit! Yes, yes, we are almost there! Just another 2 weeks of solid training and then we can taper a bit...it IS the little things for sure! Keep up the great work! And, your haircut is cute!

Beth said...

I think it's amazing what keeps us going!! I like your list. And I like your new haircut. And I really like the quote - "anticipation" is quite a thing...isn't it? :)

Nicole said...

You hair is way cute!! Great hair is a rarity for me too, so I love it when I walk out of a hair salon with it all done up!

Philip said...

I'm a carbonation craver too. Coke ro 7up. and tonic with a lime is nice too.

You'll rock Hawaii. Just be in the moment and let the race come to you.

PS cute hair cut

Herrad said...

Hi Marit,
Good post, love your hair cut you look wonderful.
Thanks for the mention, very sweet of you.
Have a good Thursday.
Good luck for Hawaii

Steph said...

Yo miss ZORA the magnificent!

Yeah, the SOS sounds awesome! I'll train with you! Awh heck if IOC votes for 2016 in Chicago, you'll HAVE to stay with us and train on the monster hills here in blue Mounds!

Check out the American Zofingen too!

About the hair, i use REALLY REALLY tiny sunci clips, i have EXTREMELY thin hair, not thinning, just not thick.....so they totally work for me, $3 at Walgreens....

write me sometime on your taper!!!

Angela and David Kidd said...

The in-laws are in town so I'm getting my haircut this weekend. Can't decide if I want to go short or want to remain at ponytail length. I just know that when a new woman started at work I went "Whoa, her hair is really long" and I didn't think that in a good way and then I realized her hair isn't much longer than mine.

And you are almost there! Just continue to do what makes you happy! And that quote is so true (and I love the guy who plays Don Draper).

KO said...

I’m new to the Triathlon world, I am a police officer that wants to get back in shape, and I have always admired Triathletes, Now I have put in motion my quest to do a triathlon and someday The Ironman at Kona….

Check me out..


Sarah said...

Marit, I love that quote. I just shared it on FB (giving you credit of course). It really speaks to me because that IS where my fears lie - the anticipation of the unknown. It's never as bad as it seemed!