88 Days to Ironman Chattanooga: Staying Positive

 

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The past few weeks have been great!  Summer break has been exactly what I have needed so far.  I’ve had time to focus on me and my training without stress and exhaustion from work.  I can sip coffee all morning long and then head out the door for training at my leisure.  And, compared to last summer, the heat and humidity haven’t been a complete killer yet.  Yet.

This will be the 5th Ironman I’ve trained for, but I feel like this time everything is so different.  And, not just because I started training for IMCHOO with very little fitness and a 20 lb. weight gain.  That’s definitely made this journey different from my past IMs, but I’ve really tried to change the way I look at things.  Like, really change my thought process, and so far, that’s been my biggest motivator and accomplishment in training.  The power of positive thinking truly is amazing.  I’m working on counting my blessings more than focusing on the speed and fitness that I lost during 2016.  I’m also focusing on staying in the present and not worrying about the yards, miles, or intervals ahead, which is completely different from what I’ve been known to do.  And, you know what?  I’m actually enjoying much of the training I’m putting in so far.  Maybe not the swimming so much, but I’m working on that. 🙂  Don’t get me wrong, now.  Not every training session ends with a rainbow and a unicorn, but when things don’t go my way, I’m trying really hard to not let it become my focus (heaven knows I have in the past).  There’s something positive to be said after each swim, bike, and run, even if it’s just that I stuck with it or that I’m still alive.  I’m really trying to be thankful for every minute I get to spend in this sport.  No matter what the clock reads when I cross the finish line in Chattanooga (God willing), I want to walk away and be able to say that I did indeed find joy and happiness in this journey.

 

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I’m Still Here!

I know, I know.  It’s been quite some time since my last blog update, so I figured it was time to give an update.  The update: I’m still here!  And, I’ve been busy, but in a good way.  So much has changed since my last blog post, so I figured it was time to catch everyone up to speed.

The big news – I signed up for Ironman Chattanooga, which, God willing I make it to the race and then to the finish line, will be #4 for me.  Yes, I’m just as shocked as you.  If you read my last blog post, you know that racing an Ironman was out of the question for me this year.  At least I thought so.  Not because I didn’t want to, but with the previous year I had and its aftermath of weight gain and significant loss of fitness, I just didn’t think it was the right time.  Luckily, though, I had some great teammates and friends who reminded me that life is too short to wait for those perfect opportunities.  We’re none promised another day.  And with those reminders, I found the courage to follow my heart and sign up for another Ironman.  I may not set a PR, and I’m okay with that.  I just want to prove to myself that I’m better and stronger because of everything that happened in 2016.

So how’s the training going, you ask?  Pretty good!  Now that school is out and I’m on summer break, I’ll have a little more energy and time to devote to my training (and blog!).  I’m definitely looking forward to making gains this summer! I still haven’t lost any of my 2016 weight, and quite frankly, I’m just not letting that excuse get in my way.  I’m doing the work that needs to be done, with the body that I have.  Period. #noexcuses

I’m excited to be back at it and working towards another Ironman finish.  Stay tuned so you can follow along on my journey to Ironman Chattanooga!