Booked! Last night, way past my bedtime, the flight to Idaho was booked. I believe shifting focus from one goal to the next really helps keep momentum of bigger goals moving forward. And, it helps to heal up the little battle scars (if any) from goals that went a little differently than hoped for.
Warm weather racing will now be thoughts of freezing with penguins. It's so hot in Hawaii today that I smell like a sauna. It's gross. But I will imagine coldness, arm warmers, booties, and long clothes that cover more of your body than anything anyone on an island owns.
To imagine Idaho hills, lakes, and big trees I flipped through my 2010 Ironman CDA photos, I only found the wetsuit picture in green water. In a lake. That was a pleasant reminder of the fact I hold a DNF on that course, to have so few photos is rare in my world. It's alright, I'll finish this year and have plenty of pictures. Tomorrow coach is sending me out on a 2.4 mile swim in a wetsuit, here in Hawaii. I'm partially embarrassed to be seen in that thing over here and partially scared that I might have a heat stroke. I'll let you know how it goes. If I chicken out wearing it into our warm Pacific I'll just fill the bathtub with ice and wear it in the tub.
While shifting focus from one race to the next, I have to take a couple memories Leahi snapped with me. Good times out there. Good reminders that hard work pays off and a really good reminder of how happy I am to race at home. I know that when it gets tough (and cold) over in Idaho these memories will serve as reminders to keep strong and keep at it, to grab some Kona points to be able to do it all over again in October.
Recovery week is filled with sushi. Green tea. Macnut cracking. Mochi. And surf...
Have a good day,