Over the past months I have been witness to what focus and determination can create. I have the great fortune of being around amazing people who are not afraid to share their stories of what has given them success, and what they know it takes. At the end of the day there is no secret...it is about hard work, crossing every t, and dotting every i. I know how to do the workouts, but since my singular focus of getting my a$% to the finish line at Western States in 2010 have I done the work?
|bloody, dirty, and determined|
, I completed every swim on the schedule, but didn't do the extras: weight and core workouts. When I had the current in my favor I didn't have the strength to totally take advantage, and when I hit the last two miles I didn't have the strength to fight the waves. I had the endurance, but that piece of the puzzle I hadn't completed showed up on game day.
I learned the lesson to never pretend to think that I am going to race on the same weekend that Paul is racing. I am just not programmed that way. I am not going to turn off Paul's race and do what I need to do to get ready for mine. Never going to happen. I ended up with 26 miles on 20 minutes of sleep, but it wasn't necessary to push my body to that. I needed to be all in to crewing for Paul, and not 90% with 10% on me. That does not serve his race well, and I was never going to have a successful run. It was wonderful to see him "get motivated" for a sub-24 hour finish after having long hours of trashed legs. It was awesome to get to cheer on friends as they were coming in for their finish! And, another highlight of a Friday race is having the day to lounge, visit, and share time with special people post-race. It is in those moments that you gather the special stories; you experience the moments; and you learn if you are willing to listen.
The best way for me to show my thanks for the words and information shared is to go DO THE WORK. Again, it will not be about doing the most, but doing what I know needs to be done to accomplish my goals. There is no turning back, but making each day forward exactly what it needs to be. I guess I will call it a bit of a welcome back :)