Year in Review: First Six Months of 2016

For the past six months, this was my racing schedule:

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I can't explain why I felt this drive to race. After I had Brock, I just wanted to race for myself. I had eased up on my class load at the gym, my personal training clients and truly focused on my own personal journey. 

This was the first time that I recovered from my pregnancy properly. Light weights, modified exercises and little impact for the first few months. I also gave myself complete license to take it easy. 

By the end of 2015, I felt wonderful mentally, physically and spiritually. I participated in a Tough Mudder and a Turkey Trot. 

I felt that it was time for a bit of a challenge. I signed up for a January half marathon. Within a week, I invited my friend from Canada to come do a Tough Mudder with me. 

At this point, I had this crazy hunger to race. I signed up for another half marathon near my sister's house. 

If you're keeping track, this is three races within six months. That's usually my maximum and so I felt comfortable sitting pretty with my workload. 

The only thing that was missing was a triathlon or two. But I could add those later in the year....right? Nope. 

I forgot. I give in to peer pressure. 

In December, my sweet friend and fellow triathlete, Cheryl, invited me to train with her for a 70.3/Half Ironman (1.2mile Swim- 56mile Bike- 13.1mile Run)

My jaw dropped. I didn't answer. 

If I said yes, it would add at least two races to my current CRAZY 2016: a warm up race and the big race. 

Without going into too much detail, I said yes, almost threw up and then got down to work. 

I learned so much by doing so many races in a short period of time. 

  1. Make sure that your smaller races feed the overall goal of your BIG race.

    • By the time that I had registered for the 70.3, I had already committed to smaller races that detracted from my training. DO NOT DO THAT! Keep focused and the payoff will be better for you on your important Race Days.

  2. Nutrition is key!

    • If you don't know how to fuel your body before, during and after exercise, you are toast!

  3. Accountability helps break through mental blocks.

    • When you have a friend or two, it can help when you're frustrated, burned out or overwhelmed.

  4. Find advice from those who KNOW.

    • Running a marathon? Ask a running coach or go to a running club! Doing a triathlon? Ask those who specialize in triathlons!

  5. Have fun!

    • What's the point if you can't enjoy the race? Stick a smile on your face, sing your favorite song and cheer on the people that are racing with you. 

Now that I got this craziness out of my system, my race schedule will look a lot less manic and will be more focused. I'm just chalking this up to post-baby energy surge.... Which doesn't really exist. But I'm inventing it right now. 

Next up: Race Recap for my latest Half Marathon because it JUST happened.