On Sunday I will be participating in my second half ironman, Miami 70.3.
If I’m being honest, I have to admit that my training wasn’t where I wanted it to be this time around. For my first half ironman (Augusta 70.3) I was on top of my game. I had a plan and I stuck to it, even posting weekly updates on the blog to keep me in line. I was unstoppable and rocked that 6:29 finish. Not a “fast” time by any means, but still a time I was – and still am – super proud of. I never gave up and I pushed myself all the way to the finish, that’s the key attitude to an awesome race.
This year the excuses rolled in… I’m the maid of honor at my sister’s wedding…. I’m planning Healthy Living Summit… I’m planning my own wedding… I’m traveling… etc. etc. If you need an excuse, I’m full of them. I’m not sure why, but my training took a backseat to all of them and I didn’t have the strength to push pass them.
I started writing a plan back in August, but that never went anywhere (see: excuses above). Instead I built up a training base (swimming 2-3 times a week, gradually increasing my long runs and bike rides, the occasional brick, and strength training) that kept me in decent enough shape to participate in Miami, but not PR by any means.
I’ve had a dozen people ask what my expectations are going into Miami, and honestly I have none. I won’t be down there to set new records and I won’t be down there to beat my times, but I will be there to enjoy the race, have fun, and finish with a smile.
Not every training cycle is going to be perfect and it’s okay not to train to PR every race. Sometimes it’s okay just to train to complete the distance, sometimes it’s okay to to just enjoy the adventure, and sometimes it’s okay to go your own way. One of my highlights of my racing career was crossing the finish line at Augusta holding my sister’s hand. I loved that race and I loved that distance. I registered for Miami because of Augusta. Augusta taught me that I could do this, that I had a half iron(wo)man in me, and that I loved this distance. I want this race to be FUN.
I’ve gone back and forth on writing this post because I knew people would think I’m crazy for still doing Miami 70.3. I haven’t talked about it much because I’m more scared about what others will think versus scared of actually doing the race. How crazy is that? You might not believe from my lack of mentioning it, but I really am excited about this race. I’m excited to swim, bike, and run my way to the finish and I’m excited to cheer my brother and sister on as we tackle this thing as a family. I’m excited to race!
I’m going into this race with the better-to-be-undertrained-than-overtrained attitude. I haven’t been writing dedicated weekly training posts, but I have been training and I believe I have enough training to get me to that finish line. The only part I’m worried about is the bike (my weakest sport), luckily it’s a flat course and the only hills I’ll have to worry about are causeways.
And just because I’ll be at the starting line, doesn’t mean I’ll be at the finish. I am NO fool! If something doesn’t feel right – I get hurt, my body has had enough, a pain won’t go way, something happens that is out of my control – I have no problem bowing out. What happens, happens, and no race is worth injuring yourself! I plan to listen to my body on race day and let it guide me.
Sorry, this post just turned into one big rambling. This is something that’s been on my mind for a while and I had to get it off my chest. Is there a point to it all? Probably not, but sometimes it’s good just to ramble (after all, isn’t that why blogs are there in the first place? )
Bring it on, Miami. Bring it on.