Today was a transition day for me. Getting settled in a new house, adapting to different training facilities (bike & run routes, pools…), catching up with old friends…It’s awesome being in COS, but I’m reminded that each time you move locations, you have to give yourself some extra margin to adapt and adjust to the new environments.
This is good practice for down the road when I’m traveling and racing for weeks on end nationally and internationally and have to make due and adjust to each location. Every place is different and has its upsides and down. In many ways changing locations (new scenery, environment, training buddies…) is great, but it can be very challenging at first. You have to learn the new routes (bike on the off roads, soft surfaces for running), pool logistics (hours, length of pool–25yd/m, 50m, temperature), strength facilities, and then nutrition is a whole other animal! When you’re training in 3 different disciplines and add on top of that supplemental activities like lifting, nutrition, massage therapy…There’s a lot to do and boy does it help to have insider info (or know people that know the inside scoop!!!).
Despite transition day, I still got in some good training. I got to ride with an old friend/mentor, Colonel Tom Falconer. We rode from his house to the United States Air Force Academy campus and did a big loop around there. It’s a lot bigger than you think! We stopped a few times to go through security check points and I snapped a picture here and there.
After the 30ish miles, I took off on the Santa Fe Trail (soft, gravel trail) and ran for about an hour. I was suprised at my pace. It was faster than I thought it would be considering I’m still acclimating to the altitude. Coming from sea level to 6000+ feet can be quite a jump! I’m still guzzling water like crazy which I believe has helped me immensely.
After some nutrition and an afternoon nap, I headed to the pool for a 3mi swim (about 90 min). It was a combination of some aerobic and speed work. Being able to descend and ascend your speed (essentially switching gears in the pool) is crucial for a good open water swim. You have to learn how to get up and go at the start and then “settle” into a pace you can hold for the rest of the mile. I say “settle” loosely because it isn’t really comfortable at all. You toy with the strong vs threshold line–the “ok, I think I can hold this pace” and the “holy cow, I think I’m gonna puke.”
Then it was off to Chipotle with Dana & Dave Lyons and some friends of theirs. We had a great time talking sport and finding mutual connections between us. Let me tell you, between the world of triathlon, my sister’s career at USAFA, and being from Tiger country in the heart of Missouri, we found we have a ton in common! Again I say: small world, BIG GOD! The people and mutual connections I’ve come across in the past week have been so fun! You just stop, smile and say, I’m not surprised.
At home I caught the end of the ESPY awards. I was thrilled to see Anthony Robles accept the Jimmy V award which is given to an athlete that exemplifies perseverance and determination. Anthony fits this to a “t.” He was last year’s NCAA D1 wrestling champion. He had a rough first few years at Arizona State, but hung in there. He refused to give up. He kept on fighting and this past year as a senior he went 36-0 and took home the title. Here’s what he had to say:
“We all wrestle with our own opponents in life,” he says. “Some of us have physical things. … I just share through my message that no matter what, we always can be unstoppable in our lives.”
Did I mention, Anthony was born without a right leg. Yes, he won the NCAA D1 wrestling title with 1 leg. If that doesn’t give you some motivation to get out of bed tomorrow, you need to check your blood pressure!
“…There’s no such thing as a disability,” he says. ” … “We all have different barriers, different obstacles we have go through. But, really, I don’t see any disabilities. …
Read more about Anthony here. Watch his acceptance speech at the ESPY Awards ceremony here.
Until tomorrow then, adios!