Once again, when I think back at it, no matter how much pain some of those trainings might have induced, all I can think of is how much I have learned and how much fun I had.
This week was slightly easier than the one we had last week (though we still had a lot of work to do!), as we got to introduce some well deserved 'mind candy' into the plan.
It is the social aspect of this week that I would like to talk about...that little mental booster! Now don’t get me wrong, we worked very hard and fought through many training sessions this week. But, through it all, we had a lot of fun.
The week started on our calm miracle Monday, at the beach with the crew (yes... another). I savoured it so much more this time, because it was the cherry on the sundae after the mad Volcano ascension.
The other social day of the week was the ride through Hana, where after a 4h30 bike ride on a windy, hilly road, we came to the Haleakala national park. Once there, we ran off he bike...the beginning of that run was very entertaining thanks to our friend Aaron: Doctor Aaron wanted to take us running on soft terrain. We followed him into a unknown trail...then into the grass...into the grass I say...a grass which was getting higher and higher at every step...until it was so high we could no longer see where we were going! Unfortunately, I had not brought my machete on that one, so we had to rely on our long legged ex-gymnast (Katya) to fray us a way through. We later immerged from the wild onto the road, and just kept on running. UGH!
We then decided to come down partly swimming! YESSS...following our most trusted guide Brent McMahon, we swam and jumped down some of the water falls (no need for an ice bath that day, trust me).
That was a relaxing though intense, social day for our team.
In other matters...
This week, from conversations with coach Lance, his wife Lucy and my training buddies, I have realized how much this training camp is an opportunity for me to put my mind to the test. Everyday, I am training myself to keep a positive monologue no matter how tired I am and no matter what the outcome of the training is, because it is the only way that I can make each and every training session optimal, and it is the fastest way to move toward my goals. I am learning to filter the thoughts that come through my mind and keep only those that will help me look ahead. I realize that the great athletes I train with here are very good at applying this principle. Ironman athletes such as Linsey Corbin or Heather Gollnick, to me, excel in the art of positive thinking.
Days like the fun days we had this week are required for cultivating a positive state of mind, I believe they are very important, and they are much appreciated in a 6 week training camp! Now I am ready to focus some more, my batteries are charged and I am hungry for more hard training! Everything is going so well, I’m still going, still happy, still loving what I do and enjoying every moment training here, in Maui, with my great new team.