Friday, April 21, 2017

The Morning Boost: Retirement... It's a Chess Game

"A hero's not somebody who's unafraid, it's the guy who's scared to death and does what's right anyway."~unknown

The Big "R" for Retirement. Just recently my significant other of over 30 years, decided to retire and I on the other hand have at least 15 more years of work to do.

Even the decision to make the change took over 3+ years to take the plunge! He loved his job. There are not many people who can say that "their career gave them that amount of purpose".

Four months after leaving the profession, the honeymoon is starting to wear off. For a while, it felt like a week off or vacation, but it appears there might be a big hole that work carved out.  As we talk through this together, he jokes, “I lost my purpose.” And I can tell, he’s starting to get bored, he'll say Time sure does go fast," even though his days are full. Some things stay the same, like routine; but, others are in flux. 

Retirement is a goal, lifestyle, process and mindset, here's what's shifting:

MEALS: I am served gourmet and homemade meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. He has always been the “cook” in our home.  

YARD: Our yard has looked even more vibrant than ever. The lively plants only enhances our yard. 

FISHING: We have more fresh fish in our freezer. I am sure he’s out on the lake at least 3 times a week for long weeks, either solo or with a buddy.

HEALTH: Always a gym goer, he continues to go to the gym. I'm happy about that, it keeps his heart pumping and muscles strong.

MORNING MUFFIN: I have had more fresh muffins and my favorite hazelnut coffee, because he likes to visit the local shop that has fresh bakery and coffee. He knows he will run into a buddy or two and catch up. He has a lot of local friends and I like to see him staying connected.

LESS STUFF: Our journey to downsize for the summer months started two years ago. Clearing out rooms, searching for the right place, and planning to build a smaller home in the door county area. The many unknowns continue to stifle us. We carry on.

What still remains uncertain is the direction to go. The plan was to take trips; like, enjoy scuba diving, hiking in the mountains, or painting on rooftops in Italy. 

That was the initial plan. But health issues got in the way. Health is a major consideration in all choices we make. 

The plan was to get a place warm for the winter months. But this too, is another "tweak" in plans. Lucky to have the choice, but the real-estate market in the southern states is different. Even the international islands considered, are not the best for medical emergencies. This is something we have to consider at our age.

We move forward, take two-steps then one-step-back, making big strides, then get stuck in another area. We focus on goals, even though they shift slightly. Our lifestyle is constantly changing. 

The walk continues. Knowing it’s a process. Right now the goal is to keep our mindset in check daily.

Monday, April 17, 2017

IMWI2017 Guesses #Crazyrunninggal

I have been imagining myself running across the finish line in the Ironman Wisconsin. Before that, I see myself dipping my toes in the water, ready for the swim, I transition to the bike, then ride my bike, mile by mile with cadence ease. Then on to the run. I image the times I cross the finish line are to be between 13 1/2 to 15 hours.  

You probably are saying, "That's quite a range!" But, I'm giving myself leeway. Here are my guesses for times as I continue to train.

Swim: I have to swim 2.4 miles in 2 hours and 20 minutes.  That's the cut-off. This converts to 3:37/100 pace in a  yards pool.  My pace 01:47/100yd to reach 4224 yards in 1 1/2 hours. Out of the water no later than 9 AM (8:30 AM at the earliest) with a 7 AM start.

Bike: I have to hit the 112 miles by 5:30 PM to meet the bike cut-off, and 2:45 I must hit the 60 mile cut-off (11.43 mph for 10 hours). My fastest goal is 6 1/2 hours, at a 18 mph bike pace, to arrive in transition by 3:30 PM and latest would be 5:30 PM at a 8 hour 14 mph pace.

Run: My goal is to run a 5 1/2 hour 26.2. The cut-off  requirement to pass the 13.1 mile mark by 9:45 PM, a 14:53 min / mi pace. Let's say I start the run at 3:30 PM, and I run an overall 11:00  min/mile pace, I would cross the finish line at 9:10 PM.

If I calculate my previous and only half-ironman completed in 2009, I would make it across the finish line at 8:30 PM. This was over 8 years ago, and I didn't train for the swim or bike. These are my estimates from above:

Estimates (These are my fastest estimates)
  • Race starts 7 a.m.
  • Done with swim at 8:30 AM: estimate 1 1/2 hours
    • 10 Min - Transition
  • Start bike 9:00 AM
  • Finish bike 3:30 PM estimate 6 1/2 hour 
    • 10 Min - Tranisition
  • Start run 3:40 PM
  • Finish run at 9:10 PM: estimate 5 1/2 hour 
Let's see how close I come.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

IMWI Lesson learned for April 2017

After SALTY swim
in the ocean,
fighting the waves. Tulum Mexico
Quote for this month: “Run with your heart instead of your mind. When you think with your mind, you think of the things you can and can’t do. But when you run with your heart you forget about what you can’t do, and you just go out and do it. RUN!”

Here are my lessons learned this month, I learned that ….

  1. Ironman training can be tough, and teaches immensely tough lessons.
  2. Some people will stick with you and some won't. Keep looking at the end goal. You know where it leads.
  3. Want to be great at something, OWN YOUR MISTAKE.  You need to embrace failure. “The conventional wisdom is that these people overcame their failure to become who they are or are famous despite their failure. The exact opposite is true: these people are famous not despite of their failure, but because of it, and because they embraced it” (Petrone, 2017).  What I attribute my failure to be is dropping out of the Ironman Wisconsin in June last year, 2016, because I believed I was not trained enough to do it. Today, I learned to put that expert support structure in place early and that has made an immense impact.
  4. Burpees Hate You Too! Do them... ;) 
  5. Ironman training can teach you something, stay strong, be in it, listen to your instinct. Sometimes, even with wisdom you will still make mistakes.
  6. Be careful the drama you create, it may be unnecessary. All one needs to do is stop, breath and possibly even say No. 
  7. Know to focus. Stay the course. Keep with the routine, no matter where you are at and what you are doing.  
  8. Either win or learn.
  9. Keep it fun! It's a tough road. We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
  10. Do it piecemeal. Note to self…. I don't have to take training all at once, but rather, one step, one breath, one moment at a time.   
  11. Why complicate life... Adjust and readjust as necessary. Things will always come up, remember... 
    1. Missing somebody? train, get on your bike, run, swim. 
    2. Wanna meet up? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
    3. Wanna be understood? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
    4. Have question? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
    5. Don't like something? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
    6. Want something? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
    7. Love someone? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
  12. Take time to look how far you've come. It’s hard to believe a year ago I could barley doggie paddle, never did a flip turn, butterfly or backstroke, never dove off a swim-block and only did “one side” freestyle breathing. I've come along way! #imwisconsin2017 #triathlontraining #trainIntent #triathlete  #IMWI2017 #crazyrunninggirl #crazyrunninggal
  13. Do not get so focused on body image, it's about strength, endurance and consistency. 
  14. You can do this, stay with it. Incremental tasks and if it's a miss, it’s okay, you always have tomorrow!!! ðŸŠðŸš´ðŸ» 🏃🏻‍♀️🙏🏻
  15. Don’t let anxiety take over. There’s a lot that will come up, stay focused, you know exactly what the end goal is.
  16. Take time and breath!  And breath again. 
Stats to date are... 
660 total miles to date swim, bike, run/race walk.
147 miles run/race walk
390 miles bike
87 miles or 153120 yards swim

2017 Goals! Swim 36800 yards, Bike 4600 mi, Run 2017 mi. First #IMWI2017! Train wisely, and injury free. Keep swimming, cycling and running.