We had a wonderful holiday! December is usually a dead month in our business, but this year we were ridiculously busy (I am not complaining one little bit), so the contrast of transitioning from going Mach 5 with our hair on fire to vacation was AH-MAZING!!!! All 3 kiddos were home, my Mom and her little Yorkie Jax were here too, AND we welcomed a new member of our family. Meet Kona! She is a 9 week old Miniature Schnauzer who has completely stolen our hearts. She came home on Christmas Eve and was the best Christmas present ever!
As usual, I took Christmas Eve through the first day back at work of the New Year completely off from all things structured – no structured schedule, no structured eating, no structured training. It was glorious! There are those who would disagree with me on the value of a “reset” at the end of each year, but it works for me! Yes, I feel like a sloth… Yes, I usually gain a couple of pounds… BUT, by the time the New Year rolls around, I am CRAVING healthy foods and a good stout workout, and that’s the whole point. I’ll be honest, by Christmas Eve I was so sick of piles of lentils and rice, and the thought of getting on the bike – even my new fancy Chrissie – or heading to the pool or out for a run made me want to cry. The break was good for me.
Last week I spent some of my off-time, compiling training schedules and spreadsheets through St. Anthony’s at the end of April. I was excited to go swim and run yesterday (even if my suit fit like a sausage casing). I am looking forward to my Iron Year. I know it will be a challenge unlike any I have ever attempted. I know there will be days when I want to quit. There will be suffering and sacrifice. That’s what it’s all about, right? I will come out of 2016 a different person than I entered it – not just because I finish a long race on the first Saturday of November, but because of what I will have to do between now and then to reach that finish line. It really IS all about the journey, isn’t it.
As the self-proclaimed QUEEN of self-sabotage, I have adopted a mantra for 2016. In any given moment, I ask myself, “Is what I am doing (or about to do) moving me toward my goals or farther away from them?” Is piddling around on Facebook helping me reach my goals or not? Is eating that __________ taking me closer to my Ironman goals or not? Am I working out in a way that is making me better or am I phoning it in to check a box? If the answer is “No” then I stop. I know those of you highly disciplined people may read that and say, “Duh…,” but for some reason the obvious tends to elude me.