So when I last wrote here (more than a month ago), I said I’d talk about the lessons I learned at CDA. The truth was, I didn’t know what the lessons were. I hadn’t really put much thought into it at all. Which was fine and not unusual for me to do.
Since CDA, I’ve kept relatively busy in terms of training. Actually, didn’t do much in terms of training aside from running a lot. Did a couple of mid-distance rides with some teammates, didn’t swim at all, but ran a lot. Did one olympic distance race three weeks out from CDA, and we’ll just pretend it didn’t happen. I hadn’t recovered well, still wasn’t feeling great, and just didn’t have any pop in my legs on the bike or the run.
After that, I did the Falmouth Road Race. 7.1 miles in 45:01. The time was a bit slower than I would have liked, but as fast as I could have gone that day. Went out far too fast and just hung on until the end. PRed the first 10K (sub 40 finally). The funny thing is, I’m not sure I would go any slower coming off the bike (maybe on that course I would have; it’s hilly in the first 3 miles).
Since then I’ve kicked up the mileage significantly to try and get my endurance and speed up to qualify for Boston and NYC (I think NYC is slightly out of the picture right now, but close… maybe at a half some time will get me there). 60 miles last week, 70-80 this week. A half at the end of September, which, after talking to my super-fast friend Emily, is going to be run as a race in and of itself (so much can go wrong in a marathon that there’s no point in using a half as a training race to test pacing).
Which comes around to the point of the whole thing… lessons learned. During my second run today, I figured it out. In a lot of things, no matter how much you prepare, how much you plan, how much you want to succeed… you’ll fail (my definition of failure is pretty broad). I’ve gotta get a lot better at accepting that. There’s a broad spectrum of failing (to getting a good result even when you miss your goals — failing better — to not even getting to the finish line because you gave up — crappy failing). So if I’m gonna fail, at least I want to fail better.