It was so strange to sleep in this morning and to not be on the road, in the pool or on a trail. Most of my friends were, in fact. At big races, no less. Richard did the Oceanside 70.3 Half-Ironman. Anat, Ray and Gerardo ran the Cheseboro Half-Marathon.
Me? I'm relishing the final moments of luxurious weekend free-time before jumping head-first into a hard-core training regimen. The next big goal? Vineman Half-Ironman. July 18 is the target.
I'm currently on the wait list though, which adds a little bit of drama. I should be able to get in though. At least I'm planning for that. The one big change I'll make for Vineman that I learned from my LA Marathon experience is to focus more about the event in front of me and less on the ultimate goal, Ironman Arizona. I need to respect each race on the calendar and not take anything for granted, the way perhaps I did with the marathon. I assumed I'd be in great health and I'd hit my goals. The actual race kind of snuck up on me since I was so focused on November 21 and not March 21. You simply can't look ahead of any race, since the message I hear over and over from my training friends is that nothing matters except how you feel the morning of the race. That's it.
One thing that I've also noticed throughout my weekend day of relaxation has been the joy I'm getting in hearing how my friends did at their races. It's nice to sit back, not compare times, or be busy at the race myself. I get to relax and celebrate others' accomplishments with them without a hint of competition or distraction. I really like it! I'm very happy for both Anat and Richard, who absolutely slayed their respective races. It fuels my motivation to get back out there. I needed that!
The rest of the day is going to be busy, which is why I'm writing now. Steph and I have a family barbecue in Orange County, followed by a housewarming party for one of her closest friends, Lauren. I'm excited to see everyone, and get my grub on! Indonesian barbecue can't be beat!
One more day of non-training. I'm right where I want to be: Eager. Energetic. Excited. MOTIVATED.
241 days and counting.