We are athletes. We work. We train. We go through a hell of a lot. Basically the only thing we don't do is listen to our complaints. We do all this because of our desire, our drive, to win. And because of this, we are awesome. Keep on going, no matter what you do! <3
I just wanted to share with you all the crazy, nasty, tangled mess that was my hair after the race. It took me 45 min in the shower with conditioner to get all taken care of. :/
And for comparison:
My hair is naturally straight and my pony tail typically goes to the bottom of my sports bra…
I’ve asked my family to come out with me for the Iron distance race this fall. I’m giving them 9-10 months heads up. There is plenty of time to figure out a schedule. I’ve let them know that I will be spending three nights in a hotel (2 before the race, and staying overnight the day of the race after I get done)
I invited them to the 70.3, and they said they’d come. I only wanted 2 nights in a hotel then (the days before). The only part of that trip I didn’t cover was gas-because they offered to drive.
At the last possible minute, Madre says that she doesn’t want to leave work an evening early. I could understand that in most circumstances, however, she works from her cellphone and her computer. Her job is 110% portable.
She refused to come with, so dad gave in and they sweet talked me, and we left the day before the race. That meant that I was in a car for 6 hours THE DAY BEFORE MY FIRST HALF IRON RACE. And then, after it was all over, they didn’t even give me time to bring my heart rate down after the race before packing me back in the car to drive home. That drive was worse because there were accidents on the highway. I think that ride was borderline 10 hours?
Yeah, all that driving so close to the race??
My legs were in such pain after doing that ride home. Also, I know being cooped up for that long with no time to stretch and relax right before hurt me a little during the race.
I refuse to do that again. REFUSE.
But now Madre is pulling that bs again. 9 months in advance. She wants me to pick a race at a different time of the month. There are none within driving distance. There are a few 2 months beforehand, but I don’t think I could be ready. I’m not pushing it back any farther because I want to do it this year.
She’s making all sorts of unhappy noises again.
I’m going to do this whether she’s there or not.
She keeps saying that she wants to be there for my first big race
But she isn’t acting like it.
Maybe I’m still a little bitter that the two of them will drop everything to make sure my sister’s swim meets go without a hitch. I do most of my tri stuff on my own or with my team. The second I try to involve them, it’s like pulling teeth.
But I’m almost done trying to work with them.
The last time I tried a 16 miler, I bonked- hard. Then two days later was Christmas, and two days after that I ended up in the hospital. (Yay, stomach bugs!)
I’m way behind on my marathon training, but this makes me slightly optimistic. Yes my run was slow, but I did it!
I actually went out to the store and bought more Gu for this run. I only used two while on the run, and one before. I know a lot of people dislike Gu, but I don’t. It helped this time. And I KNOW that I need to start incorporating calories in my workouts, especially the long ones.
Now, I’m off to watch football. :]
*I have been cycling and doing yoga regularly during the run-hiatus. It isn’t like I sat on my bum the entire time…