I know it’s been six months or so since my last post, but there hasn’t been anything too interesting to post about.
- I had a nice winter and raced a series at the nearby state park. Had a blast, got sort of fast, for me anyway
- Ran another half marathon and PR’d even though the course was significantly hillier than my previous PR. Guess I’m still developing
- I did my first triathlon that had the word “half” in it. It ended up being about 20 miles short of a half, but was called a “half lite.”
- I’ve enjoyed some decent miles on my new bike (Zenobia) and have gotten much faster on the bike. Averaged over 20 mph for a (flat) 35 mile route that I did around 18 mph last year.
- Just did my first 2.4 mile open water swim and had a blast. Did it with a few other Daily Mile folks. My time was blisteringly fast, so fast in fact that I doubt the accuracy of the course. I know I can swim, but not like that….
Anyway, on to the philosophical stuff: I’m struggling with my identity as an athlete. Last year, I was certain that I was a triathlete, and there was nothing else that interested me. This year, I’ve definitely developed more as a swimmer. I’ve done a 25K trail race and loved every minute of it and I thoroughly love my rides. So what’s my problem? Sometimes I don’t feel like balancing all three, sometimes I feel like focusing more on one or another. I tend to lose light of why I do all of this ….. and I’m not sure. I like to stay in shape, and I love to do ‘epic shit’ like swim 2.4 miles, or a 25K trail run etc. And I am interested in silly fast triathlon times, but I guess what I’m trying to say here is that perhaps I could better describe myself as an endurance athlete than as a triathlete. I’m gonna continue to do tris, but I may be mixing it up more. And of course, as is typical with me, this is all subject to change tomorrow.
Here are a few of those motivational type things that I’m such a sucker for: