M.I.A. of L.I.F.E (Laps, Intervals, Fun, Endurance)
by, August 7th, 2009 at 11:36 AM (2030 Views)
I have been dealing with alot of distractions that keep me from staying true to my WOs. Traveling, celebrations, family accidents, business matters, etc.
I went to the Ed Gaw Amelia Island 5k swim at the tip of Fla. and it was awsome. It is so far away from this writing however, that I feel its memory slipping away. Ah yes, I just got a flash of being in the perfect temp. ocean water on a clear day and charging with a hop. skip and a jump toward the first bouy. It seemed like forever, but I kept my stroke long, relaxed and steady.
I kept invisioning things like my coach at the side of the pool with her arms stretch out like a monkey reminding me to climb the water long and tall.
I thought about my Dad if he were alive... on the side lines saying, "Com'on you can do it!
I had planned on pulling out my surfer racecar driver friend Peter for help when I just thought I couldn't go any farther and I did.
At one point I smelled cigarette smoke...it was a kayaker...drove me nuts.
"Where's that dam bouy!" I remember screaming out loud to nobody on several occasions.
Sometimes in the distance I saw two other bright green caps. I used them as competion I was determined to catch but never did.
I am very thankful to the kaykers for keeping us all coraled. I would have other wise been all over the place.
I used houses on the sidelines like people I was passing in a parade...my hands waving over and over again.
Finally, I saw the finish bouy! I rounded it and headed to shore. When I stood up I felt my whole body shift and not in a good way. My legs ached as I crossed the finish line with all my might.
I won my age group!!!! But most of all my time makes me very, very proud of the hard work I did leading up to that very moment of 1:35:24 for my first 5k.
Now time to get back to the drawing pool.
P.S. Good Luck to everyone at the Nationals!