There are a couple of people that are joining me for #SIU October, that’s awesome! Some people, well a lot of people in my blog/twitter/real life actually LIVE SIU. I am on the bubble. So far so good though, awesome workouts this week including my favourite run! Finally I feel that my lungs are starting to loosen up. I was coughing a lot after my run and am hoping that I will start getting rid of some of the damage I did with over 30 years of smoking. Yes that’s right folks, I started smoking when I was 12, by 14, I was smoking regularly. I struggle with this every single day, I wake up wanting to smoke, and the feeling lasts all day. I had hoped it would fade but it seems to be getting worse. Thankfully I have my eye on the prize, which is the half iron in July and there is NO way I would finish if I were to take up the habit again so MORE SIU.
We had a guest speaker last night at run club, Diane Gordon. I didn’t hear all her credentials but she is an experienced racer/athlete and she spoke about balance. At the beginning of her chat she said that she was likely going to speak to things we already knew but she hoped we would take something away with us. She did say something that resonated with me with respect to scheduling. I always struggle with getting my workouts in, life happens right. She said to make your schedule around the things you cannot change and then schedule everything else around your runs (workouts). I like this a lot!
One other note worth mentioning was John from Foottools, our local running shop. Foottools works with my coach and our running group and John spoke about making sure you remember it’s not just about race day but to pay attention to the journey of training. Ok he didn’t say that exactly but it was kind of like that. I sat on a yoga ball listening to this and nodding my head in agreement (and even got a little choked up but don’t tell anyone ok) because what I found out along the way was it really WAS about how I got to race day more than race day itself. When I agreed to do a try-a-tri I had a list of goals and an image in my head of what race day would look like. NONE of it was what I expected, most of all the journey to get to Sept 5, which ended up being a sprint rather than a try-a-tri. I never would have thought I would remember the training and lessons learned as much as or more than race day. Don’t get me wrong, race day was amazing and I have loads of good memories but more than that I remember getting to race day. I remember the people I have met along the way, in real life, on twitter and through my blog, I remember the good training days where I felt on top of the world and the bad training days where I was frustrated and disappointed. I remember every drop of blood on the freaking bike. I remember wiping out and finishing the sprint race simulation, I may be prouder of that than my raceday finish. I remember the support of people along the way, the encouraging words and gestures and the ribbing (SIU right).
I am a member of the TCOB (Triathlon Club of Burlington). I don’t train with them because they are well above my physical abilities but never the less, I am a dues paying member. The annual newsletter came out yesterday and they listed “all” members who had completed their first ever triathlon and my name was not on the list. Ok, I don’t train with them all the time, I did swim with them in the spring for months but that doesn’t mean I’m not part of the club and then it hit me.. I’m NOT part of that club.. I’m part of..
the Triathlon Club of twitter
the Triathlon Club of She Said I Need a Goal
the Triathlon Club of the house of Payne
the Triathlon Club of SUCK IT UP
the Triathlon Club of #trashtalk
the Triathlon Club of Second Wind Conditioning and coach Nancy
the Triathlon Club of Mommies in Motion
the Triathlon Club of Adena’s facebook
the Triathlon Club of bike wipeouts
That’s all I got