Thursday, April 3, 2008

Want Motivation? RACE

I've had a few days now to reflect on my race Sunday and let me tell ya, all it's done is gotten me way fired up! I had a great race, it was a great time for me, I reached some personal goals, I finished fairly high in my age group...but all of that was just enough to get me nice and motivated to get back to hitting the training. HARD.

For those of you who don't know me well, I'm kinda sort a little bit like a perfectionist. It's taken me years to be able to admit that! Combine that with my very competitive nature and, well, you get someone who always wants more. My race was great for me and where I am right now...but it's time to step it up.

Originally my plan for this season was to get in more races than in my first season (3 total, 2 sprint tris and one du), and to do some longer course races as well. I even set my sights on doing a half ironman in August. But that plan has changed a little bit since Sunday (this will happen when you have an 18 hour drive to stew over things). I've decided to cut out the HIM for this season. I want to focus on getting fast at the shorter distances. I want to improve my times, especially in the swim, and build up more confidence before I take on that HIM distance. And I want some hardware. That's going to take some serious work. I need to cut time in all the disciplines. I need to do strength training. I need to focus more on nutrition and Eat to Train instead of Train to Eat. But I'm fired up. Hy-Vee is next in line. I am going to train my butt off for that race. You can count on it.