Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Break - for Grown Ups

Last weekend I was here.  Thanks to a friend with connections, I got to spend a long weekend with five great friends at a four star resort for a two star price.

These are my Philly girls.  I have know one of them since we were five years old, one of them since first grade, and the others since grade school and high school.  I love that we are still close after so many years.

We spent Thursday through Sunday at a beautiful resort in Boca Raton.  We sat on the beach.  We hung at the pool in our cabana.  (Yes, we were comped a cabana for the weekend!) We had spa treatments and massages.  We ate. We drank.  We caught up. But most of all, we laughed.  Oh, did we laugh - to the point where I had tears rolling down my cheeks and my belly ached!

I felt like I had just seen them all yesterday even though it had been at least seven years since I'd seen any of them.  It was the kind of weekend that is good for your soul and your spirit.  And it was just what I needed!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Triathlete or Someone Who Does Triathlons?

Is there a difference?  At the end of last year I felt like a triathlete.  I spent a lot of time learning how to swim.  I read everything I could get my hands on about the sport.  I bought a transition bag, a tri suit, a wetsuit.  And I completed four events.

This year I'm not feeling much like a triathlete.  It's already March and I haven't signed up for a single race yet.

I'm sure most of this is because of  my hip injury.  I thought I'd be over it by now, but I'm not. My training over the winter was so inconsistent because of it.  So I'm afraid to sign up for an event only to be unable to do it.  Or even worse in my mind - what if I sign up for a race that I did last year, and my time is slower?

I know I'm new to this, but I figured I do a few sprints last year, the maybe a couple of sprints and an Olympic distance this year, and in the next year or two I would do a HIM distance.  I pictured a nice straight path of ever decreasing race times and gradually increasing distances.  But it's become incredibly clear to me that this road is anything but straight.  I will most likely only do two triathlons this year - half the number I did last year.  And it makes me feel more like somebody who just occasionally does triathlons, and less like a triathlete.

This is how my triathlon journey is shaping up.

Funny how I don't have the same problem with golf.  I used to play every single weekend.  Now I only play once or twice a month.  But I still identify myself as a golfer.

I'm not really sure what point I'm trying to make here.  I guess I'm just sorting things out in my mind.  Maybe I just need to sign up for a race and put together a training plan so I can start to feel like a triathlete again.