here today, gone to maui
Am I really going back to the airport again already? In some ways Kona already feels like it was a month ago and the long term experience is settling into my mind. That was AWESOME! The experience was so much more than just the race and although I usually do not plan out much in advance, I realize already just how much I wanted to get back next year. Monique asked me about the course and specifically if it was not the World Champs would I still want to race here. Absolutely! I love this course and I believe you need to race it to learn why it is what it is…it is world class, championship race or not and I am counting the 355 days until next year. I have some clear goals for aging up at next years race and I am excited to get to work on them. . . but for now its off to Maui!
the final run section of the Xterra World Championship run course (stolen from the Caveman)
I cant help but think of the teamwork that I am so lucky to benefit from and I hope to give more back to soon. Sometimes I am chasing a dream to crush and I don’t always look at the reality (read: cost, planning, etc) as my head is in the clouds. Going for the Aloha triple requires a lot of that and I am stoked that I have so many good friends that make it easy. My buddy at work is hooking us up with airline tickets, Sean and Monique will be my support crew for Ultraman and they are the people who motivate me the most. More on that later… They have always been my best teammates and just to have them there is a win.
The week post racing Kona I was very pleasantly surprise at how good I was feeling. I am sure a lot of it had to do with playing with friends, not working, taking naps and enjoying the healing warm waters of the islands. Oh, vacation. By Wednesday, it was back to reality and trying to catch up at work, unpacking, packing and the grind of life stuff. Balance…I love it! I noticed after my first ironman and the adventure race earlier this year that I had some serious waves of fatigue for the week or so post race. Perhaps more of an aerobic fatigue as I found myself taking deep breaths and falling asleep at any given moment I stopped moving. I did not really feel any aerobic or system fatigue post Kona and I think it had to do with taking extra rest going into the race, adding about five pounds, taking the 72 hours post race very easy and hopefully some adaption from going long. I was able to get a solid week of training last week and even some higher intensity sessions with no backlash from being behind.
Monique and I also had a solid three days of a dating camp at home with some training but it sure was not the focus of this camp. Unfortunately, I got a little overzealous when we had a guest coach at our Nova swim session who was showing us some dry land warm ups. Lunges, jump ups and then hitting the gym later that evening (for the first time in months!) with Monique I decided to do some squats. Lame!! I have been pretty wrecked with DOMS for the last few days but I should be stronger from it at some point. This week I have taken it pretty easy with the training while I have stepped it up at work and tried to get ahead on some projects. I am almost gone.
My goals for Maui are pretty simple and I hope to exceed what I have been feeling like and push a higher intensity than my body and mind has experience all year. MAX IT OUT! I made sure to leave my excuses at home so I am feeling good enough to give it a go. I am no longer worried about the distance of the race and after last year I really just want to see and finish the entire course. It looks like I am in the lead for the Xterra double so far also…I could really use the Hawaiian Airline tickets! Ultraman is still six weeks out. For now it is focus, off-road play and time to race!