Sunday, July 9, 2017

Back in the pool

I started up again on July 1 and so far it has been good, all except my swim. Once again i find myself fighting with the water. The one thing I have to realize is that this time I will win the battle. No matter what happens in the pool I will not let it get me down. Every time I swim is a good thing, time in the water will only make me stronger. I am starting from ground zero and will follow my schedule and become the swimmer I need to be to complete my goal.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Fresh Start

It has been a few months since I updated my blog. The first quarter of the year was going fine, my swim was still an issue but the run and bike were fine. One thing I found was that I was putting myself under a lot of stress trying to improve my swim to the point that I was just not enjoying the process anymore. In April and May the injury bug hit as well as the flu bug, I parted ways with my coach and I decided that the best thing to do was shut down and regroup. It took a little time to get back on track but starting July 1 I will be back in training for races in 2018. I decided to cancel anything that I had planned this year because I just have so little confidence in my swim. I have put together a new training plan, working with some folks that will help me get over whatever issues I have with open water and will be racing next year. I can hardly wait!

Tonights Swim

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January Recap

January 2017

January was a good month except for a few days when I felt like crap. I have decided to focus on my swim and I need to improve my core strength so I am working with swim coach Gina and weight coach Anthony. I am getting better in the pool every day. I need to get a race schedule put together asap.

Month recap

Swim:8400 yards
Run: 43 miles
Bike: 140.8 miles

Monday, December 12, 2016

I think too much

Since my last race in November, I have had a little bit of a lull in my training schedule. A 4 day trip to Canada, Thanksgiving and a few other things have popped up and my training has suffered. Without a race on the horizon I started to do the one thing that gets me in trouble.

 I think.

I think about why I am doing all this, I think about the disappointment of not being able to run IMWI this year. I think about way too much stuff and then I get down on myself. Then when I get really bummed out I end up spending time organizing eggs in the refrigerator, and coffee cups in the cupboard but that is a whole other story.

I think, why am I doing all this and will I ever be good at it? Will I ever complete IMWI or any other IM race for that matter? I get upset when my swim times aren't what I hope for or my 10k times are not under 60 minutes. I think and then I think some more and that is not good.

Yesterday I watched the Ironman Championships from Kona on NBC. I watched an 83 year old man who did not finish last year cross the finish line. I watched a father and son team work so hard to finish only to come up short and I watched a women from Australia who was badly burned complete her recovery by finishing the race. It was just the shot in the arm that I needed to get my head on straight. I thought about why, in 2014, I got started on this path and why no matter the result I will continue on my quest to hear those 6 words; "John Massie you are an Ironman"

Tonight I made it back in the pool for the first time in a long time, it wasn't pretty and it was painful but 2017 is just around the corner, and if I want to accomplish my goals it's time to step it up.