I love racing. I love racing often. Sometimes it can be frustrating when things don't go right....like my last race where I didn't fuel up the days before the race and bonked my little butt off.
Since I do short course, I can race often and with little recovery afterward. Granted, the Olympic distance takes me a little longer to recover from; still not as long as the 70.3 does....which makes me feel like ass for over a week.
Speaking of racing often, I'm racing this weekend.
As always, Liz wanted my race plan. I wanted to do something different for this race based on much of what I've been talking about.
When I sent her my plan, her response was, "wow. this is a completely different approach for you. I like it."
We talked a bit more. She wanted to make sure that I was fully mentally prepared for what I wanted to do. I really appreciate that. This plan is going to challenge me in a new way, but it's a step that I have to take to make the next jump. It's going to require a lot of discipline and a lot...ummm....being honest with myself, for lack of a better way of saying it.
At the end of our conversation, we talked about adding a few more races prior to Nationals.
Her exact words were "Find a race where no one knows you, and you can be a complete idiot. I want you to do some crazy stuff at this race."
How more awesome can a Coach get?
I found a small race, within walking distance from my house, in a few weeks; about the same time as the Boulder Peak--all the top AG'ers will be at the Boulder Peak. The Peak is a huge, highly competitive race. Believe it or not.....it's a race that I really don't like. Been there. Done that. Not going back.
Meanwhile, I'll be doing the neighborhood race.
I'm not exactly sure what she wants me to do at that race, but I have an idea. One thing's for sure, it's going to be a lot of fun.
Until then, let's see how this new plan works out.