Thursday, June 23, 2011

Superhero, I am not.

The last, oh, month or so has been very discouraging for me.

Yes, I have been under extreme personal stress. I've had a death in the family, which was one of those "she has 2 weeks to live" type of thing. If you've been through it, it's horrible. 

Then, came the funeral.....nothing like a bunch of Irish Catholics getting together to figure out who the TOP MARTYR is.

Immediately after that, my son Justin had outpatient surgery. No big deal as far as severity, but big deal as in the time committment in changing gauze, giving medications, trying to get him to eat, etc. etc. etc. Really, just plain waiting on him hand and foot. Of course, I'm a mom. I don't mind it one bit. 

Let's see what else I can throw in here, how about WORK. Yea, insane amounts of WORK.


WHERE the hell is this all coming from? As a business owner, it's hard to predict consumer behavior. But THIS. THIS is just insane! (Not bad....just making us rethink our plans). 

With all of this, it's hard for me to catch my breath, let alone get my workouts in.

Everyday, I would say "No more disruptions, starting TOMORROW. Time to get serious."

Well, you can only say that so many times. then, you're just the boy who cried wolf. 

In other shocking news


As disappointing as it is to take this news, i have to accept the reality. Sometimes training is going to happen, and sometimes it's not. And sometimes the workouts are just going to be hard. 

As much as I want to PR at Ironman Boulder, sometimes just thinking about it wears me out. 

Of course, Mr. Tea had to step in with all his logic....because he's the voice of reason.

me, well, I don't know what I am, you choose: hormonal, bitchy, cranky, emotional.....just choose. They're all good choices.

Mr. Tea took me by the shoulders and said, "Look, I've been going through this for years with you. I've never seen you push so hard before. These workouts you're doing. YOU SHOULD be tired after doing them. All I can say is they are complete sufferfests. Everyone has bad sections of training. Just stay the course."

Then, he started making up a rap song that went something like "What you're doing is a sufferfest. But don't give up, just give your best. Cuz there ain't no stopping there ain't no rest.....

By this point, I was laughing too hard to really focus on what he was saying.

I looked at my schedule, family committments, yadda yadda. 

That's when I remembered one of my favorite quotes:

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I will try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmacher

I'm not finished. Who cares how many times I long as I keep on starting.


LBTEPA said...

I was just listening to my favourite quote from Rocky Balboa "it ain't about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward" (yep, that 45 seconds is on my marathon playlist) ((hugs))

Julie said...

I've had a couple less then stellar weeks myself, and I must say here we are only 45 days out from the HIM and I still can not even contemplate running a 1/2 marathon after riding 56 miles! But first I have to get through Boulder Peak. We must simply must find time to meet!

riderpitts said...

i love stuff that makes us pause - sounds like some quiet tea time is in order. hang in there friend

Wes said...


Ya know, that's fine... BUT WE DON'T BELIEVE YOU.

Carry on.

Tribrit said...

I bet your family think you are a superhero. I mean who is taking care of all of them?? At the end of the day will they turn around and say Mom was always out training for a PR or will they say - as much as she wanted a PR she put us first? You reap what you sow and you have some really great roots growing with a family that respects what you do and the choices (and sacrifices) you have made for them. Hang in there, it is only a race after all! :-)

Titanium said...

*excuse me*

You are MY superhero.

That is all.