Someone asked my mother the other day what I was planning to do next…
If your daughter is doing a Half Iron, what will she do next? Skydive??
I admit, I did have very lofty goals for this racing season..
I started off in April with an 18 mile trail running weekend.
In May, I did my third marathon.
In June, I completed my first Olympic triathlon.
This July, I completed my first Half Ironman.
A majority of the events I did for the first time.
I think I am done running marathons. I think this is my last Half Iron.
I think I’ve taken it as far as I want to go.
I realize that I say this every time after a big race. I am never going to do _____ again. I think I mean it this time.
I am taking a break to reflect on what I want to do next.
I am not planning on quitting and will still race next season.
I feel that in order to go to the next level, I am going to have to train day and night.
I feel very satisfied that I achieved my goals for this season.
I wish I could take the feeling of accomplishment and bottle it for the times I am discouraged.
I also feel a great sense of freedom. If I can do that, what can stop me?
My mom said that I am finally starting to bloom (in my 40’s) since I could never spread my wings in childhood. I am finding myself.
The truth is that there are so many more things I want to do and try…Maybe I will learn another sport. I want to be free from training to be able to do more. Maybe I will try out for another musical.
But frankly right now I just want to sit on the beach, not swim across the lake and back as fast as I possibly can.
Racing will be in my future…but there are so many things I want to do…there are so many worlds I want to see.
Today I booked a flight to Asia.
Time to work on my other bucket lists..
I am excited to see what’s next..