Waco 70.3 – Oct. 28 2018 – “I Am the Fire”

October 29th, 2018

Am I brave enough?
Am I strong enough?
To follow the desire
That burns from within

My plan for 2018 was to not do any 70.3 races, to really focus on rebuilding my run and getting stronger on the bike.  The last two years saw me plagued with injuries requiring PT, illness (shingles and a tooth infection) and a general lack of focus.  The DNF in Iceland left me questioning my abilities and wondering if I was really suited to be a triathlete.  It seemed to me a year of doing shorter races would be good for me mentally.  But then Waco got announced – new race, flat bike, bridges, close to family…  I hemmed and hawed about it, but clearly, eventually decided I wanted to end my year with a 70.3.

To push away my fear
To stand where I’m afraid

My racing calendar started off with a whimper and a DNS at Wild Flower due to injury.    Early summer traveling led to a lot of biking, but not much running.  I was thrilled to just actually finish my second race at Donner Lake.   We traveled to Maine and then summer was over, and I was back at work.  August passed in a blur.  Right around Donner,  I started working with  a different coach, David,  at Tri-Active Endurance.  It was really good for me.  For some reason, it was just easier for me to tell him how I was really feeling before and during my workouts.   I knew good communication is key to coaching success, but I wasn’t really communicating with my previous coach and I can’t really explain why.   I am just super happy that they talked and thought the switch would be good.

I am through with this
‘Cause I am more than this
I promise to myself
Alone and no one else
My flame is rising higher
I am the fire

All year long, I had really been working on getting stronger on the bike.   I spent many hours on the trainer, focused on riding through the discomfort of putting out race pace and above efforts.   This stemmed from my frustration with my DNF in Iceland.   I felt like I let myself down and hadn’t pushed myself hard enough in my training for that race, hadn’t “hurt” enough.  I just knew I could do more.   And all that really paid off for me at Waco!   I am super thrilled with my  fairly consistent race pace power level.   The bike was nearly perfect!

Shackled by the ghost
Of what I once believed
That I could never be
What’s right in front of me?

My hip injury in early 2016 was the result of poor running form.  Changing how you run is hard work!   I am just now beginning to feel like I am really developing some running endurance, and running off the bike on tired legs is still a huge mental challenge for me.   I know I can run well at track.  I know it’s there.  I need to bring that into the real world!   Much of my after race call with David was spent discussing how I need to push past what my brain is telling me when I run on the road.  I got there in my bike training.  I will get there with the run.  There will be a lot of running in my training plan throughout the winter.

Won’t let the past decide my fate
And I am the one I’ve been waiting for

I will be signing up for Pumpkin Man, a 70.3 in Maine as my “A” race next year.  I am super thrilled with my progress and I know I have more in me.  I am so grateful to my wonderful husband and  the excellent coaching staff at TAE.  It was fabulous to have lunch and visit with my sister Ginny.   And I LOVED spending time with my niece Katie.  It was an excellent weekend!

I am the fire

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