Something Fun?!

I feel like a lot of what I have posted lately has been a downer or a review of something silly.  (By the way, I have another review coming soon about the Di2 group set that I put on my bike in December and a review of the Pioneer single sided power meter)

As I write this, I am on my way to San Jose, CA to meet with a customer.  That’s fun, right? (I’m back from San Jose now)

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I am about 6 weeks away from Galveston and really excited to get a race in this season.  Living in Wisconsin, sometimes it can be hard to remember that these activities are intended to occur outdoors!  But a lot of great things are possible when you train indoors.

  1. We get to watch a lot of Netflix.  In the first few weeks of January, we watched How to Make a Murderer.  This was a fun series to watch, since it all happened about 30 miles from where we live.  Then we watched a tv show about a serial killer, The Following.  We cut this off as season 3 started because it started to get boring.  Recently, Netflix released 13 episodes of Fuller House.  I blew through those pretty quick between the treadmill and the bike trainer.
  2. We played some Forza.  Pretty self explanatory, but racing games while riding the bike is a lot of fun.
  3. We get to complain about our coach and question why he forces us to do all this (obviously it’s because he doesn’t like us and it has nothing to do with getting us prepared for these long distance races).
  4. The air condition vent at the gym is right above the treadmills.  I love running underneath it.  When it kicks on it feels amazing.

OK, well that was 3 fun things that we did on the trainer and one mildly interesting tidbit about the gym.

What else do I do while I train?  I think a lot.  I think about why I do this.  I think about what I’ll do next year.  I think about what each race will be like.  Most of all, I think about crossing the finish line.  I think about how great it will be to complete my second 70.3 in under a year.  What it will be like to PR the first triathlon I participated in.  I think about how amazing it will be to welcome my brother to the club when he finishes his first race and what I’ll do to support Emily when she competes in Door County.

When you train and race long distances you are left alone with yourself for quite a substantial amount of time and positive thinking is really the best thing you can do with your time. In my Austin race report, I wrote about the negative thoughts that went through my head. A goal that I have for myself right now is to be more positive.

During my swim this morning, I swam about 10 seconds faster per hundred than I have been recently and that brings on a lot of positivity as well.  Thinking about swimming the whole thing 210 seconds faster than I did last time, or cutting minutes from my time on the run or 30 minutes from my bike.

I guess my point is that the more training I do and the more I improve, the more positive I get and the better this all becomes.  Being able to watch Netflix, or play video games, or complain about our coach, or run under the air conditioner is just fun stuff I get to do while I get ready.

Bottle a Feeling

How do you bottle up a feeling so you can remember exactly how you felt at a certain moment in time?  

When you are sad and want to be happy, the days you are lonely and wanted to be comforted, or maybe you are just feeling lazy and need to be motivated.  When I’m motivated and have energy to spare, why can’t I save it to be used at a later date?  

There are so many things to say and do. Some days I don’t have a minute to spare, yet others it feels like I am stuck in time – the clock has stopped and minutes feel like hours. 

Today is just one of those days. I wish I could go back in time and remember how I exactly how I felt at a certain moment in time.