Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Running is Hard

I have been running again and it is really hard.

Last night I went for what was supposed to be an easy run after a hard open water swim. I have not learned to jog yet so I wound up running with reckless abandon along Vancouver's seawall. I did some drills and strides after my run to open up my stride and maintain my running flexibility and strength. After being in my apartment for 15 minutes every muscle in my body tightened up and I was very sore.

I love being sore after a workout. It tells me I have done something to improve my body and performance. I realize that I am not training and thus should not be concerned with performance but I still want to be quick. I love the feeling of moving fast and I think I do not have the patience to run slow. I want to move and I have the fire to run fast and swim fast. My pain an fatigue after my relatively easy workout shows me that running is really hard and further, I am really tough.

With my returned interest in running and triathlon I am also pursuing tennis. I love hitting a tennis ball and there are few better feelings than setting up a great point in a match and finishing it with a great winner. I am surprised by my skill level after not playing for many years. I am trying out for a tennis team with Vancouver Tennis Association, a gay and lesbian tennis association. If I make this team I will be playing at a tournament in Seattle towards the end of the summer. I have my first try out tomorrow evening and I am excited and nervous. Tennis is a touchy sport and as I am a bit high strung I can have my game go off the rails quite quickly. I am going to focus on enjoying myself and having a good time. I will save the suffering for running and triathlon training.

I am absolutely loving getting into shape. I think I have a bit more of a bounce in my step. Most exciting is that I am trying to maintain my weight! I am not trying to lose any weight (most would say I am still too skinny). This may be difficult but I will ensure I continue to drink my 1000 calorie shakes after workouts.

Here's to doing what you love and loving what you are doing!

Happy Training!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Long Road Back

I am having quite the journey.

The last 6 months, and especially the last 2 months, have been quite formative and I have learned a lot about myself. It has been a very positive momentum shift and I am excited for the future. My horoscope on my birthday, almost 2 months ago, promised a terrific year where nothing could go wrong. I am feeling this prediction has been accurate.

It feels that in all aspects of my life things are really looking up. I am getting more energy leading into summer and I am excited to work out again and have even started doing hard workouts in the pool. I managed to swim 5 times 200 on 3 minutes. Not a very difficult set but I was getting 20 to 30 seconds recovery which was very surprising. To think I could have easily swum 200s on 2:50 or less is very positive. Me thinking that this matters is a sign that my competitive juices are flowing again. I want to do triathlon. I am loving swimming both in the pool and in the ocean. I started running again (boy am I sore...) and I would like to get on a bike again.

I have met a few interesting men and one in particular who has really given me a great feeling about myself and my expectations. For a while I had ignored some of the more important exclusion criteria when it comes to who I would date. I met interesting and adorable men but the differences between us become barriers to anything deep happening. When I was feeling a bit down I happened to meet someone, at the bar of all places, who is very much in line with the individual I may have thought I wanted to be with. He is fantastic in the things that are important to me. We share small similarities which create a type of rapport and ease of being between us. We both communicate in a similar fashion and he is bright and charming. We have worked out together and he is even a runner. Unfortunately he is only living in Vancity for a short time and will be back in Oz in a few short weeks. Although I ought to be disappointed, I feel that this rendezvous has offered me confirmation that there are super wonderful men out there. I just need to open my eyes to see them.

It is often hard to write when I am feeling happy. I do not feel I learn much when I am doing things right and the stars are aligned. It is also somewhat nauseating to read rainbow bright posts. I also have not been thinking much about being in sport. It is only lately that I have been seriously planning to race again. I will not be aiming to win the race but rather I will look to enjoy myself and have fun again. Now that my thinking has shifted I will write about a few workouts and possibly outline some of the work and improvement I am seeing.

I am going to enjoy riding the crest of this wave.

Happy Training!