Monday, August 22, 2016

Ore to Shore..on doing MORE with LESS

ORE TO SHORE WAS FREAKING AWESOME! Marquette was as rad as I can remember and I was quickly reminded why this is my favorite race ever!!  I love so much about the town of Marquette...... the sandy race course, the amazing community, and the beautiful scenery.  It's always worth the 7 hour drive and I already can't wait until next year!  

Last weekends race performance (4th place!) came both as a surprise and as a relief.  I had taken some planned downtime in June following the DK200 and I would have been the first person to label my training the 4 weeks leading up to the race as "lackluster" and more "as able" than I would have liked. Don't get me wrong...I was still nailing intervals on nearly every ride, I just wasn't getting in the hours or rides/week that I was used to. I had a lot of training data telling me that Ore to Shore may not go down well.  So when I pinned my best ever Ore to Shore race performance, I was totally elated!! 


Why the lackluster training?  Like many of you, these days I'm more passionate about more things. We bought a house, I'm leading a key project at work, I have an amazing family I love to spend time with and I'm newly obsessed with SolidCore. I'm super stoked about all these things!!


The thing is, when one becomes more passionate about more things it doesn't necessarily mean that one is less passionate about those other things...it just means that there is now less time for all the said things one is passionate about!! Bah!!

So how does one do more, with less time?  I'm learning it's about change, and adaptation. It's about saying "yes" to those things that make me happy, and saying "no" to those things that don't bring me great joy. It's not about missing workouts and feeling frustrated/guilty, instead it's about being flexible, making adjustments, and maintaining balance.  It's vowing to never to be a victim of my own choices. It's about BEing in the moment, living freely and confidently setting boundaries. It's about worrying less, and making the most of the time that I have.

 
When it comes to cycling and training plans it means less hours and more intensity. It's means REAL rest days and very few recovery rides. It mean murdering myself nearly every time I hop on the bike and in turn loving what this plan gives me OFF the bike. These days every workout has a purpose and this concept is helping me realize that I indeed can still have it all.