Ah, the holidays are over which only means one thing: remorse. I know, not the most positive descriptor but let's face it, way too many people overindulge in delicious food over the holidays, feel bad about it after the fact then set New Year's resolutions to rectify the issue and feel better about themselves. I myself experienced the first part of it for sure as I did engage in the luscious holiday offerings but I have been to this rodeo before. I know that when this happens to me, I enjoy it and not let it affect my psyche. Enjoy and move on. The important thing is how you respond to this speed bump or "miss". Life is way to short to get down on yourself. It happened and it will continue to. Hopefully, you are able to control it but more importantly, you are able to control the response it has on you. Like I said previously, enjoy and move on.
Okay, back to the topic at hand. Welcome to 2013 everyone! Personally, I have had a great introduction to the New Year as I have had a much needed rest, have spent time with my family and have continued to refine my preparation for the Brazil 135. Two weeks from today, my athlete Linda Quirk from Runwell will be embarking on her journey to complete the Brazil 135 in under 48 hours and my role is to make sure that she does it. It will be the first time that I have been a pacer and on a crew and I am very much looking forward to the adventure!
I have been refining my daily nutrition on my lower carbohydrate, higher fat plan and have reduced my long runs to add more frequent runs (due to issues with my IT band). I am training much more intelligently for my pacer duties and have been able to continue my 2-3 times per week swimming (including 100x100's on New Year's Eve) and have ridden my secret weapon (Powercranks) about 4-5 times per week. My run volume can support running a 20 miler pretty easily right now but I am being conservative with 2 weeks to go to make sure I have no IT band flare-ups.
I haven't been able to do follow-up blood work or another metabolic efficiency testing as I have been fighting a cold but I am just about 100% again and hope to have both of these done before I leave for Brazil.
Stay tuned for my next blog which I will post before Brazil and remember, focus on the journey, enjoy food and family but without remorse or future doubt. Head into 2013 by looking through the windshield and not the rear view mirror.