After that it was a ride. Now I was REALLY missing my team. The head winds felt like I was riding up a massive hill with a grade of 20%... about the time my legs asked WHY they are still going I jumped on the wheel of some man who passed me and the legs were saved, at least for another couple hours...
Now home-sweet-home and it was breakfast time... actually it was almost time to get Kainoa from school but my body wanted breakfast & lunch, so we had it, even though dinner was soon coming too. By the time dinner got here I was so tired from the past couple weeks that my son and I went out to eat! Anyone that knows me knows I prefer to cook, bake, and have bbq's at home, I absolutely love cooking...today there would be none of that... there was no energy to play Rachel Ray and then clean the disaster that happens when I cook... so a mother-son-date it was!
Over Killer Taco's with Kainoa I was thinking about each and every day the past couple weeks I wondered how I would make it another mile, or make another mile faster, or make another mile further... some days it really feels like there are no more steps left in my shoes and no more strokes left to swim in my arms... I love it though, I love it so much and love that this is my job, I want to go to work. I suppose people that have papers and deadlines feel similar, they wonder how they will finish the paper... we just do...
But there is definitely something more than just loving this life and this career... a lot more... there are a lot of great people that make all this possible for me and keep me going one more mile, one more stroke, a little further, a little faster...
And since I have this promise to keep to them and these miles to go for them I am going to keep on keepin' on...at least till Saturday (I heard a rumor that Saturday I have a FULL day off, no swim, bike, or run). I do not remember the last time I had nothing to do but nothing! Not getting my hopes up just yet...
Anyways, it's almost April and I haven't even done a massive shout out to my 2009 team! Better late than never... in no particular order, here is my 2009 team:
Big MAHALOS to:
Trakkers: Keeping families connected to their athletes and keeping families/friends connected through websites!
Argon 18 Bikes: The most feisty, free spirited bike I have ever ridden! It just wants to go, go, go! Not to mention it handles even the longest days in the headwinds like a champ!
Lifesport Coaching: Finding a good coach is like finding the right shoe, every foot is different, and my feet don't fit just any shoe! One of my missions in life is to have as much fun as possible yet be the best I can be... Coach Paul has helped me find that road that leads to success while enjoying the journey.
K-Swiss: Keeping the feet happy and the training clothes fun & functionable! loads of styles and colors that make whatever the running mood a good one.
Bike Works Hawaii: Keeping my bike and me in one piece! (and they play well with Kainoa).
Splish!: Makes swimming fun, need I say more??
Blue Seventy: The wetsuit feels like you are swimming naked, that's important to me! I live where we NEVER have to wear one of those things so come race day in a cold water race I am not in the mood to deal with getting choked and rashed by a big floating wetsuit!
Healing Hands Massage: My muscles need this and appreciate this...to keep going you have to recharge the batteries!
Johnson & Blanton: My manager!! Travis totally does all the behind the scenes stuff, keeps me organized, and makes sure I am not getting myself into anymore trouble than I already do! Yet, he lets me keep a relationship with my sponsors, not just hog all the communication with them...
Kona Community, The Club in Kona, Kona Aquatics/Coach Steve, friends, Kainoa, & my family: Along for the ride (not that you had a choice!!). This is the start of year two as a professional and you totally gave me the guts to chase a dream and keep me reaching for brighter stars! I LOVE you guys!!
Tomorrow, out to help with the Lavacamp! More miles please!!
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