Time for a little brain dump! Today I’m going to get some thoughts out of my head as I get organized and on schedule.
I’ve loved the Olympics since I was little. ?I would watch figure?skating and go out to “practice” (we had a ditch in our backyard that my dad would fill with water in the winter; it would freeze and form our own little skating rink!). I’d ride our toboggan down our backyard hill and pretend I was?bobsledding. I would do gymnastics (cartwheels and handsprings) and pretend I was the winner at the 100-meter dash. The games never fail to inspire me.
This year is no different. I love hearing about the athletes — how they made it to the games, what inspires and motivates them, how they train. This year, more than ever, I’m excited for the track and triathlon events. I want to see if Galen Rupp can win the double gold he’s after in the 10K and men’s marathon. I can’t wait to watch Justin Gatlin go for gold and finally beat Usain Bolt. ?For Shalane Flanagan to take on the women’s marathon. ?And what could be Meb Keflezighi’s final competitive marathon at 41 years old.
2017 Lake Placid Ironman 70.3
Hubby volunteered at the Lake Placid Ironman a couple a weeks ago (we’re fortunate to live only about 2.5 hours away). Several friends participated, and I’m thrilled to report they all finished! I was not able to make the trip,?but?I kept tabs on our friends from afar. As expected, Hubby got the bug and wants to participate in 2018. ?I’ve never held much interest in doing the full Ironman (I can barely get through a marathon in less than 5 1/2 hours!), but I was super excited to learn that next year Lake Placid will host an inaugural Half Ironman. ?I have always dreamed of someday doing the half, and with so many of our running group participating as well, it’s a no-brainer. ?Hubby agreed to give me training priority for the half next year; I’ll give him full support for the full Ironman in 2018.
I have been registered for the Lake George Olympic Triathlon since December 31 (an aforementioned Ironman friend talked me into it). In preparation, I’ve completed a few open water swims at our nearby Crystal Lake and purchased a new tri-bike (unexpectedly; took my bike in for a tune-up and discovered it was unsafe to ride as a result of an accident five years ago!)
I’m most excited about taking a break from “just” running. Adding two other sports will provide variety and help me towards my fitness goals!
I have one week left of my fit-cation and am pleased to report I’ve made the most of every minute of it. My daughter has school for six weeks in the summer, so I saved vacation time to take half days to be home to get her off the bus. This gave me two hours a day to workout and have some “me” time. I’ve been taking one-hour strength sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, enjoyed stress-free (but hot!) runs, and even managed a few naps here and there. I’ve also been participating in StepBet and DietBet — I’ve lost 8 pounds and love the definition I’m starting to see in my arms and legs.
I bought this token when chaperoning my son’s field trip to the American Museum of Natural History in May. ?The picture doesn’t do it justice, but it’s a beautiful smooth stone with “Dream” imprinted on it. It has been by my bedside since then, but I haven’t done much with it.
Today, I made a new home for it next to my computer. It will remind me of all the things I want to accomplish. My childhood dream of becoming an olympian may not happen, but that doesn’t mean I can’t pursue my dream of becoming the fittest version of me possible. As Colin Powell said: A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.?
What is your dream? What are you doing to make it happen?
Do you watch the Olympics? ?What are you most excited to see?