I'm having an interesting running/tri year. I was soooo motivated by races last year. Did plenty of half-marathons culminating with the Chgo Marathon...It was amazingly exciting. I'm feeling calmer now...excited about going for the tri....relearning to swim, researching a road bike, dangling a 50K in front of me for next year...but it's not the same......I'm not sure, but maybe wisdom is the culprit.
I didn't tune into my body last year...didn't listen to it...didn't really want to. I had goals to achieve and just wanted to get to them. Now I want to enjoy, really enjoy. I want to make sure my body holds up, I'm learning to listen to all it's squeaks and screams (tho I've not heard it screaming yet). I've taken a day off when I ache...not worrying about not sticking to my training schedule. Honestly....it's much more relaxing.
I'm in this for the long run. There's sooooo much out there to do. Even non-competetively. This is such a beautiful country....I want to hike/run/bike so many parts of it. I want to get back to Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and find more hiking/running trails. I want to discover what North Carolina hides in its' mountains. I want to see wildlife and plantlife. I want to hear Mother Nature talking, whispering. I want to soak in her hot tubs and swim in her streams. I want to, so I will. This year I'm going to do what I can to make it happen.
My kids will be moving out by summer....I'm getting rid of the big house and moving into a condo. To a town I can walk around in, in a car that can push thru it all, in a body that will be ready. After 22 years of caring so much for others, this will end up being my year. Been a long wait, but damn I'm ready!