2019 has me toeing the line once again in my second attempt at going sub 5 in a 70.3 and trying to qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Nice, France. My 2017 season came to an abrupt end last year, due to a rotator cuff injury installing storm shutters in preparation for Hurricane Irma in September, one month after coming off Ironman Steelhead 70.3 one of the best races I have ever had, where everything came together as planned. (you can read about it here)
I was on track, and my taper was on point. I have never felt stronger or better and was looking forward to my A race in October.
Fortunately as a result of taking some time to heal and recover from my injury. I learned to chop a lot of wood and carry a lot of water. I learned to slow down, and in the meantime, focus on my nemesis, “the run” by working on improving my aerobic base and capacity.
I learned to view my efforts and actions as the culmination of little things that makeup and contribute to the overall collective. Each individual action alone was nothing, but as a whole collective, each was one of the many building blocks that was missing and desperately needed.
Results take time to manifest You need to be patient in your journey . Allow the foundation to marinade and solidify. You may surprise yourself where it takes you. ~Anna Hertel
The day to day menial task were never ending, and I constantly felt that I was using up valuable time, and my efforts would have been better suited elsewhere. This was by far the biggest hurdle to clear, as it became a mental battle and struggle for discipline in accomplishing and seeing through each task.
Many times it felt like I was literally going backwards, running countless miles at a 10 minute pace, and spending countless hours focusing on technique and working on strength exercises for muscle that I could not see.
It was a mental battle and struggle that I had to continually fight and remind myself that consistency is the key!
Learning to slow down has been one of the hardest concepts for me to understand and implement. It’s counter intuitive for me or anyone to go slower in order to get faster. After all isn’t this why we call it racing? You’re supposed to go all out and give it all you have right?
There are a lot of great articles and reads out there in regards to this concept “Going Slower To Get Faster“ and definitely well worth your time to do some research.
if you’re looking for quick results you may want to look elsewhere.
However please be forewarned… if you’re looking for quick results you may want to look elsewhere. After months and months of being patient and disciplined. The side effects have been great!
- I Lost 20 lbs,
- I Got Stronger
- I Dialed in My Nutrition
- I Increased My Run Pace
- I Increased My FTP 145%
- I Became Mentally Aware
- I Became More Disciplined