Monday, October 3, 2011

Time to perservere...

“Perserverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of all the hard work you have already done.”

This quote was posted on Facebook today by the race directors of Beach 2 Battleship. I really needed to hear that right now. I am getting close to the three week mark. My last epic training cycle is this weekend and am already fighting off the dread of this weekend.

I don’t think the issue is whether or not I can do the training, the issue is more of just feeling tired. I am sure it is perfectly normal; I am so close to seeing this thing through and am feeling the need for a break. A morning to sleep in or an afternoon to lie on the couch and watch TV would be oh so welcome right about now. I look around the house and see the pile of laundry in a chair that has been there for over a week. It is clean I just haven’t had the time to do anything other then pull it out of the dryer and toss it into a chair. I guess the taper weeks are for folding laundry and cleaning house, right? :)

Most days it feels like a never ending cycle of waking up, working out, going to work, working out again, go to bed and start all over. I guess this is where the perseverance comes in. You focus on the end result, build your mental toughness and count the days until your toes are in the sand at the start line of the race. Perseverance. I may have to tattoo that on my arm (or at least write it in sharpie...)

11 comments:

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

I totally get it and I'm so with you ...just a couple weeks behind. I had to laugh about the laundry and upkeep of the house in general. It all goes to hell at this point until after the event is over but sooo worth it. I have a couple of half vacation days that I will use to decompress leading up to the taper. This last training push will be over before you know it and then you'll be bouncing off the walls with taper craze!

Katie said...

I'm laughing because I feel like I just left that phase, and now I'm bouncing off the walls in taper. You're almost there!

Kate said...

You are so right. What a great quote. That weariness in staying consistent and in rarely having any down time. But it paid off for you in your half ironman and you're going to reap the benefits big time in a few weeks. :)

Teamarcia said...

Most years I am so with you but being injured and missing the 'big' race is a new frontier for me. Guess I need to persevere though this too.

Jill said...

I totally get your feelings...I have no social life, I just workout, work, eat, and sleep. Sometimes I find it a bonus if I have time to talk to my kids that day! ;) I know the word TIRED well! But you are almost there and that's why we do these things....for the reward after! You are going to do GREAT!!

Meaghan said...

I have a feeling I'll be feeling that same exact way next year. I know what that feels like during a marathon training cycle, but I'm sure IM is so, so, so much worse. Hang in there!!!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

I love that quote! So true. Lately I've really been fighting it too. Just losing interest a little. I really need a rest. But I know when we push ourselves at this time, we are stronger! Good luck!

That Pink Girl said...

Of COURSE you are tired! You are asking a lot of your body! And no ma'am, taper is NOT for folding laundry and cleaning house. It's for putting your feet up and RESTING! Sleeping in finally! ;0)

ajh said...

Great quote. And yes of course you are tired but it is a good well earned tired.

Amanda said...

What a great quote. I can relate as it's been a crazy training year for me and tiredness has caught up with me as well.

You're very close now and you can totally do it. It's okay to be tired and want a rest, you are still human and you're working very hard for an amazing goal :).

Keep at it, you're going to be fine!

Wifey said...

You have totally earned the right to be tired! Hang in there - no, do better than that - PERSEVERE!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey