OK- so I didn’t exactly swim in the snow. And I have never taken my bike in a sauna…. I did however have a great day of training yesterday.
Yesterday was my first real training day back with the team in Colorado. We had a 90 minute swim and then an indoor bike workout that ended up being about 2 hours.
I had not swam a 90 minute practice since August so just being in the pool that long left my arms aching. Then came the indoor bike workout… after a good warm up we had 3 different time trial efforts: 2k, 20k and 200m sprint. I just about died after the 20k. You would think that if I can ride 56 miles for a half ironman with a half marathon after, 20k would be nothing. Think again Hayley: when you are trying to sustain close to 100% for that time it is not easy! Although it was a hard day it reminded me of one of the reasons I came back to this state.
(one of our coaches and a teammate)
I am so lucky to get to train with such a talented and educated team of individuals. The group is made up of some of the best professionals in the sport and the coaches are the only ones I see myself working with. My coach has not only pushed me as an athlete but as a person and at the same time has treated me like family.
(Beautiful Montana location for our epic training camp this summer.)
Most importantly, we have a ton of fun! A disappointing race season in 2013 left me questioning myself in the sport of triathlon. After thinking through things and talking with my coach (once again: he is great), I have realized that is was just that: a few disappointing races. Races are only about 5% of the picture though. I had the best training year of my life and unfortunately I had some barriers that held me back from reflecting that training on race day. It would be pessimistic of me to let 95% good be erased by 5% bad.
(A girls night out with some of the girls on the team this past summer)
Honestly when I go back to why I started the sport and fell in love with triathlon in the first place, race results were not part of it. I love this sport and have so much fun doing it. Triathlon constantly pushes me both mentally and physically, it demands the best of me.
2013 was not a disappointing season, it was a wonderful season of growth, with more highs than lows, with more fun than unfun (yep making that a word) and with more success then failure. And hey, if you ain’t failing then you ain’t trying hard enough!
Yesterdays training was the perfect kick-off to another year of sport. Here is to training with a smile and racing with gratitude in 2014!
Have you ever questioned your involvement in a sport and how did you come out of it?