Looking Ahead

I am trying to feel a bit more positive and less blah today. I got denied a follow-up visit with my PT, so I guess I’m on my own (unless I want to shell out the actual cost of a visit, which at this point, I don’t).  So – I just need to be extra vigilant about doing my exercises & monitoring & foam rolling. And, since I want to complete all my planned races this year, I think I’ll have to do just that. What is it about doing my PT exercises that is so hard? I can go out & run 27 miles a week, but can’t take 15 minute 4-5 days a week to make sure that I can run 27 miles next week? That is so lame. I’ve been doing 200-300 crunches/night & push-ups 3 nights a week, but I can’t figure out how to work in some one-legged squats or plyometrics?  Lame, lame, lame.

Anyways – back to NOT lame. In April, I will run 100 miles, and I would like to do so in good health. This month, I should hit 90 – which is still the biggest mileage month I’ve ever had. If I keep up with my plans for the rest of the year (what, you don’t map out 12 months of running in January?), I’ll be over 1,000 miles for the year, and that is something pretty awesome, I think.

My biggest challenge in the coming months (since I’m planning a sprint tri- on 8/1/09) will be getting in the pool. While I don’t HATE swimming, I don’t love it. It’s harder to get up for that than anything else. It takes very little to intimidate/discourage me:

  • Other people waiting to use the pool – check!
  • Circle swimming with people who are faster than me (i.e. everyone) – check!
  • The thought that someone might look at and then judge me – check!

All this leads me to believe that I will have to change my schedule Wednesday AM swims to some time with fewer people & less early, making it harder to choose sleep over swim. I’m thinking maybe Friday early afternoons, just prior to my Friday trail runs. Or, maybe someone could just give me enough money to install an indoor lap pool on my property. I’d totally let you come use it, too! I had briefly thought of doing 2 swims/week in June & July to really prepare for my Tri-swim, but am not sure I can be that dedicated.

Soon, it will be nice enough to ride my bike to work again, and then I can do that 1x/week for automatic cross training (it’s about 18 miles round trip). I’m planning on taking my bike out (for the first time in WAAAY too long) for a test commute to my temporary part-time job on Friday, since it’s supposed to be nice.

There are so many things to look forward to in the next few months – and I’m excited that I’m strong enough to make these plans. I may not have the body I dream of having, but at least my body can do all the things I dream of doing…

And, to remember my earlier mantra: “Life is good, dammit!”