I just spent the last week making lasting memories with my boys, my husband and my parents. I knew that training was going to take a backseat for these days, as I spent literally every minute down there experiencing the magic of Disney World. I can honestly say it was the best vacation I have ever taken and probably one of the best weeks of my entire life. There is something about Disney that is magical. I know it sounds so cliche, but it’s true. Especially when you get to view Disney through the eyes of your children.
I logged almost 10 miles a day walking every day! Almost 70 miles on the FitBit. We hit every park from open until almost close. I ran a 5K distance on Saturday to honor Doug Pink, because I was not able to be at the race. We had temperatures with a heat index of over 100 most days, so running proved to be difficult. But I did it. That’s one thing about me that you can count on 99.9% of the time. When I say I’m going to do something, I follow through. I knew this vacation would put a crimp in my training, so I made sure to follow my training plan almost to the letter before I left and now that I’m back, that is my focus.
But in Disney, the experience was my focus. Whenever I would feel anxious about not training, about not looking for a gym in the Orlando area, I would look at my boys and see the absolute joy on their faces. I remembered that you are not guaranteed another day on this earth, and while you’re here, you have to live life to the fullest. God forbid anything happens to my boys, Shane or my parents anytime soon, but having this week to enjoy fully with them was a gift. I just have to hope that all the training I put in so far and everything I do from here on out is enough. I have learned too many times that our time here is never promised. I thought of Jenna and Kyle and how cheated they were out of more memories with Bryce. I thought of Doug and Kris and how they will never get to experience this with their grandchildren. I thought of Mak and Clint and how many life experiences they would never get to experience. That was what kept the anxiety of not training away while I was gone.
Now I am back! It’s amazing how much your body craves its routine. Within 30 minutes of returning to Racine, I headed over to Razor Sharp Fitness and put in 2000 yds in the pool, roughly the distance I will have to be able to swim on July 19th. Then I hopped on the spin bike for another 45minutes. I wanted to go longer, but it was already 9:30pm and I was exhausted from a day of travel. Tomorrow I’m planning on a 6 mile run followed by about 30 miles + on the bike-whatever Deanna’s hybrid bike can handle 🙂 I have 3 full weeks of training left after this week. I’m going to make the next 4 days really count so I can start my last 3 weeks strong. I’ll have several workouts with Justin to keep me mentally strong. Time is running out. My goals this week and next are to get some open water swims in and practice pool swimming with my wetsuit and make sure to run after every bike, even if it’s only for a few miles.
At this point I’m not sure which part of this I’m most worried about. I’m both excited and scared, nervous, anxious, etc,etc etc. I have a group of people coming to Racine to support Joe and I and that means the world to me. I’m praying for great weather race day. No wind, no waves, no rain, no humidity. Is that too much to ask? It’s hard to believe that in 3 1/2 weeks this will all be over. It’s been quite a journey and I’ve learned so much about myself and have re-prioritized what’s most important to me, how I spend my time, what I worry about, what I let roll off my back, who I spend my time with, and focused on being a better person. I’m so glad I decided to do this and I can only imagine what it will feel like when I cross that finish line (in under 8 1/2 hours) with the people there that have supported me throughout this entire journey.