If you have been reading this blog for a while now, it is probably pretty clear that I have a one track mind sometimes (or as Bob put it once, I am a bit obsessed!).
Don't get me wrong, it is great to be focused on a goal, but sometimes I have to remind myself to stop and enjoy the moment (another one of the things on my list of 100 things).
It was the same way in planning my wedding and when I was pregnant with my boys -- it is so easy to get excited about the end goal that instead of living in the moment, you are counting down until a specific date, focused on the end instead of the preset.
My mom once told me not to wish time away, life is too precious for that. Since then, I have really tried to live in the here and now. I tried to enjoy every moment of my pregnancies instead of wishing the 9 months to pass quickly and I am trying to enjoy every moment of IM training as well, even though my excitement for race day is almost tangible!
I am thankful to be healthy and strong and able to train and compete in this sport. I had a great long ride / brick on Saturday and even though I did the majority of the ride and the entire run by myself (well, with company from my favorite vampires on my iPod!) I enjoyed the moment. I didn't spend one minute wishing the ride or run would end but enjoyed being out on a beautiful, hot Texas morning.
Mileage for Week Ending 8/16/09
Swim: 7500 yards in 3:00
Bike: 120.5 miles in 7:00
Run: 33.75 miles in 5:04
Total Time: 15:04
I am racing the Clear Lake International Tri (oly distance) next weekend so this upcoming week will be a touch lighter. I am excited to see how I do this year compared to last year (although the distances are slightly different because it was not a true Oly last year) and compared to the Quarter I did in April.
I also wanted to say thanks for the words of encouragement you guys have left in the comments -- they really do brighten my day!
Finally, to add a more personal note to this entry, here is a recent photo I took of my boys (aka my cheering section) who remind me everyday as they grow so quickly to stop and enjoy the moment.
Tyler (L - age 2.5) and Andrew (R - age 5)