“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...)