Over fatty muffins and sugary hot chocolate at Starbucks, Coach Gerardo and I plotted my goals for the 2011 triathlon season. To say they're ambitious would be accurate, and probably an understatement. Especially since I haven't even completed my first Ironman yet!
In fact, my 2011 goals are so ambitious that Coach Gerardo indicated I shouldn't share them publicly as it may create undo pressure for myself. I know this could be true since I've recently spoken two sport psychologists about blogging affecting triathlon performance. So, I didn't argue. As much as I'd like to share my goals with you, I'm not. I will say this: I'm going to be training hard -- very hard -- for strong performances at the Cheseboro Half Marathon, Wildflower Long Course and Ironman Coeur d'Alene. Between those events, you'll find me back at the Surf City Half Marathon and Desert Triathlon in Palm Desert. I'm more excited about competing in my first cycling road race next year. Stephanie and I are going to choose that race together, which will be fun.
Despite the excitement about looking ahead to next year, I'm feeling apprehensive about doing so. It's like the feeling baseball players must have when a teammate is pitching a no-hitter. I just want to focus on the batter at the plate -- in this instance the next day of training tomorrow -- and not the possibility of something so large and ominous. Not when I can't even call myself a true Ironman yet.
So, for now, I'll continue training. And dreaming just a little about next year too.
81 days and counting.