Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.
– G.K. Nielson
One of my favorite authors is Malcolm Gladwell. He is a unique man with an afro that wrote several great books, including Outliers, an intriguing look into success and how some of the most famous humans have achieved greatness. Surprisingly through, he does not speak about the accomplishments of the individual outliers such as The Beatles and Bill Gates, but rather to HOW they became successful. Their accomplisments we not solely due to talent or genetic gifts, but opportunity, environment, resources, and sheer time spent engaged in their craft. I often think about the power of opportunity and resources in my own life. I am a working mother of three kids, two of which are foster kids. (This adds a whole other aspect to the responsibilities of parenting that I never imagined). We have limited financial resources and often struggle to keep afloat. My wife and I both have hobbies that are not cheap, but they bring us great joy and help us be healthy models for our children. I have a wonderful life!
But one thing that stands out about Gladwell’s stories is that the individuals in the book have an unyielding amount of drive and passion. One does not spend 10,000 practicing the piano, programming computers, or writing stories because they want to get better. It is because they do not feel alive without that one thing. Now, I’m not saying I have one thing in my life that I live for….but I do have passion for triathlon…otherwise 4 am would not seem so exciting. I also understand that I do not have the time to train like a professional nor do I have the resources. I support a family of 5 and that will always take priority. But that does not mean that I do not continue to set reachable goals and work towards my own successes, as small or great as they may be. When I do accomplish goals, it is because I have set my mind and worked hard. I am not gifted, I am driven.
Yep, I had this for breakfast today! My favorite!
I can’t believe it has been more than three weeks since my last update. Illness and the holidays can really take a toll on your body and well being. So instead of writing a lot of hullabaloo, here is the past few weeks in pictures 🙂
Spent nearly a week on the road for work. This little hotel gym really made me miss home.
For Thanksgiving, we traveled to Holden Beach, NC. Came down with a vicious chest cold and lost my voice, but it seemed less bothersome when I could look out a window and see this.
A little trot on Turkey day with the family.Followed by an overindulgence of whipped cream.
Tried to go for a swim in the cold ocean still with a hint of a chest cold = FAIL
Road my bike instead and stopped at the grocery store for some laundry soap. The brought on some odd looks as my shoes click clacked through the store. Post ride meal –> awful stomach ache –> I will not eat avocado again. 😦
Got plenty of rest
And enjoyed some much needed time with the little man.Had a running analysis completed and discovered there are tons of problems with my form stemming from underlying weaknesses. I now run with a metronome. Enjoyed a 90 minute ride and am finally feeling back to 100%. Woot Woot!
Week 2 started off strong.
It panned out like this:
Monday: 1 hour Bike session (spin class) focusing on strength
Tuesday: 1 hour strength swim session (see earlier post for actual workout)- This was awesome and I could have kept going, but work beckoned!
Wednesday: Strength Training and Bike session (Spin class) focusing on endurance
Thursday: 40 minute run focusing on endurance. It was cold and dark…I loved every second. I started the run listening to music and it quickly became irritating. I ripped the headphones out and enjoyed the simplicity of my feet hitting the ground and my breathe in the cold night air.
Friday: Sinus Pressure and Congestion….Nooooooooooo
Saturday: More Sinus Pressure and Congestion….so I head to the gym and tried to work it out with a 1 hour bike/run brick workout. For the bike I used a Sufferfest video (which held true to it’s name) followed by a quick 15 minute treadmill run. The plan was to run 30 minutes, but I quickly lost energy and still wasn’t feeling well. So in an effort to listen to my body, I opted for some strength work.
Sunday: Down for the count….working through the cold did not help. Its time to rest!
I just sent in my application to be sponsored by Honey Stinger for 2015. This is by far my favorite company and product to use when racing. The natural ingredients burn clean and leave me feeling great during a rough ride or run. If you haven’t tried their products….give it a try. The waffles are incredible!
Hopefully they are willing to sponsor a relatively new age grouper!
“It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through”
Yes I just quoted Let It Go. It happened….moving forward…
This day marks the beginning to a long road to new accomplishments and personal acheivement. It is the first training day in the 4 week preparation period. After a 2 am feeding with the little monster, the alarm rang at 4:50. One snooze (out of habit) and I was out of bed to spin class. My body was cursing me for the falling off the grid for a couple months to “recover”, but mentally I was amped…ready to push towards 70.3. Day one down….many more to come….
Countdown begins. 7 days until the preparation period begins. In one week it will be exactly 6 months until St. Croix 70.3. The past three months have been spent resting for physical and mental health, while developing a training plan as I strive the complete my first 70.3.
This weekend I spent some time getting a taste of what’s to come.
Photo credits to my beautiful wife!