Happy Monday beautiful people! Even as I write that I’m aware in the crazy way the universe rolls, it’s actually the end of Monday for some of you on this planet and you are now preparing for Tuesday.
This can be a bit much for my brain to process so I’ll just leave it here and say I hope you’ve had an awesome day no matter what it technically is.
For me though, it’s Monday. Monday morning.
And for the record I’m not “anti-Monday”. I’m glad I’m blessed to still be here, to experience another day of life.
Perspective people, perspective.
My last few Mondays, and today, and the next several will be heavy training days for me. I kick start my week by doing the entire duathlon course start to finish. It does seem rather daunting when I’m slowly coming to life waiting for the coffee to brew wondering if I’m gonnna churn out all the energy this task in front of me will require.
Of course that is my non-coffee brain thinking. Once I wake up more and slip into my gear I’m all business and ready for the task at hand.
Weeks remain till race day. I’m already feeling that edginess that comes over me as an event approaches.
It’s not just the race, it’s the awareness that all of it will be… over.
I’m well acquainted with the feelings and emotions of preparing for a big athletic event and the inevitable let down of emotions when it’s done.
There is something that can’t be explained in the preparation and training ultimately culminating in this event I’ve prepared for.
In those miles and hours of training leading up to it, there is a sort of hunger that develops. A hunger that really is disguised as passion. To see myself improve, make better times, take things on a bit more effortlessly as my body adapts to the rigors of what it’s being put through.
Honestly, it’s a bit addicting.
All the while in my mind though is the question… “what’s next?”
That question can taunt and challenge. It can intimidate and have a level of fear. It can also be the thing that makes me examine how much more I can bring to the table.
What’s my next thing
It’s never far from my mind. I’ve been asked if I’m gonna do a marathon again. Ha, I will most likely start with a half to warm up to it.
Yes, I love distance running and I love what it’s taught me and how I’ve grown from my experiences on the road. In some crazy ways, I’ve missed it.
Obviously, training for the duathlon, my athletic goals have been much more laser focused. My running has been shorter and geared to my event. Not to mention, doing a multi sport race requires my body to perform in different ways so I need to keep my energies centered on that.
But I’m heading back to distance running. Maybe a spring half marathon…we’ll see. I already have fully acknowledged I’m gonna miss those brick training days ( combined running and cycling back to back) I’ve come to enjoy the challenge and hard work of them and I may just keep one built into my training week… because… duathlons. 😉
What’s your next thing
ok this has been leading somewhere. Let’s talk about you.
Do you work and strive for something specific without a thought to where do you go from there?
How do you continue to grow, change and challenge yourself?
Do you see your current endeavor as a learning process to get to a new level?
Yeah I know, not everyone is doing something athletic oriented, but you for sure, have goals or dreams something you’re pressing on towards.
I’ve loved every step of the journey I’ve been on that’s built me as an athlete ( well, most steps haha) I’ve accepted it’s where I am at that moment.
You as well should embrace your journey to your goals.
But for all of us we should never lose sight of the fact we can always do more, be more, achieve more.
Maybe I’m wired a bit more intensely. Maybe the physical challenges I’ve put myself through have only caused me to wonder… what else am I capable of?
You know, that statement applies to you too, right?
What else are you capable of? How big can you dream? What new thing can you take on?
That next step
Don’t get me wrong. That next step once you hit a goal might actually scare you, and that’s ok.
I had 4 half marathons under me without a single thought to running a full one. I mean come on, that’s 26.2 miles! It was when I finished my fifth and walked off the course with my best time ever that the idea floated into my mind…
“It’s time to consider a full marathon”
I shoved it out of my head and dismissed the idea as a lack of carbs to my brain for the crazy thought. Really. There’s no way I’d do a full marathon.
That was in the spring, and by end of year, I had my first one under me.
I had only a fleeting thought after I committed of wondering “if” I could do it. I stomped it out and never let myself think I couldn’t.
A few pointers
Nothing in our lives accidently happens. If you want to do something, you’ve got to be intentional.
~ Set your new goal. I’m still so old fashioned and love writing stuff out where I can see it. Use a calendar to make reminders or things you need to do daily or weekly.
~ See yourself doing it. Don’t allow any idea to creep in that makes you doubt yourself. Your mind is a powerful playing field!
~ Engage with like minded people who can encourage you on your journey.
~ Be the best student you can of what you are pursuing… always be learning!
~Don’t be afraid of new challenges. These bring us more growth.
Getting to the next step might be big and scary and we might wonder if we have what it takes.
You do. We all do.
Enjoy your journey, embrace where you are, but never stop asking “what’s next”.