I actually have started a few blog posts over the last month. But then I always got a few lines in and was all like “meh, this doesn’t sound very interesting to me, let alone someone on the outside” and would stop writing.
But this week I listened to Lauren Fleshman on the Running on Om podcast discuss her writing retreat. One of the great takeaways from this for me was her comparison of writing to training (duh…compare anything to training and I’ll probably understand it better!). Essentially, she reminded me of the fact that to get good at something, you have to get up and do it even when its ugly. Or, when it feels hard. Same with writing – to have the good writing days, you have to put up with some really crappy “workouts” too.
So, I apologize to you as I try to revive my writing, and in the process will undoubtedly be publishing a lot of my crappy days. But actually, I’m not that sorry.
In those blog posts I started to write but didn’t, there was somewhat of a recap of the Mt Masochist 50 miler. This was my offseason “fun” project for the year, and I’m so so glad I went through with this! Quite honestly in the days leading up to the race I had a few doubts. Was I ready for the distance? Would it take too much out of me? Would I hurt myself on the trail because I haven’t been running trails enough lately? I’ve run over 40 ultras, but they are so different from an Ironman which is what I know well right now. But I’m a firm believer that growth comes from stepping into the things that scare you, so I didn’t let myself give into the thoughts that said “hopefully you just oversleep your alarm and miss the race…” – HA! True thoughts, people.
The race made me happy. It brought me laughter. It brought me “what the F am I doing?” and it brought me “dear god I think I’m lost and I’m never going to see another human again for all of my life.” All fairly standard ultra thoughts. But more than anything, it brought me comfort. It turns out, I was wrong : I am still comfortable out in the woods for miles on end. And I love every second of it!
The other cool thing I realized is that I am truly a better athlete than I was 6 years ago. I actually ran every step of the first 26 miles this go around. I now was able to RUN so much that I couldn’t chew and run like I used to….I guess this means the end of eating pizza while I race 🙁
And the last great observation?! The trail community is STILL the best. It was so fun to see the same faces out there and to see their excitement for me as I was in the mix for the top women. I didn’t have a crew but I didn’t even notice because of all the friends that pitched in to help and encourage me along the way.
Since the run I’ve continued my offseason and slowly – very slowly – Hillary has me back into some normal training volume. And it’s good that I’m getting there because I’m racing in 6.5 weeks!! The first part of my season will be:
Jan 22 – Mercuryman Triathlon (70.3)
Feb 18 – Challenge Wanaka (Redemption!)
March 4 – Ironman New Zealand
I’ll save all my “I love New Zealand” posts for when that gets closer. Until then – have you thought about escaping any of the following to come join all the cool kids in the Cayman’s for Mercuryman? This includes: Cold weather, snow, and the inauguration? Flights are super easy (and affordable from most places!), and it’s bound to be a good time when the view looks like this:
Come join us! And if you’re signing up, use the discount code AGMM2017 for 10% off! See you there!