elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Details, Battle Marks, and Joy

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This morning was perfect for a run – 52 degrees, no wind, light cloud coverage as the sun peeks through. I ran five miles as an easy run. Living where I do, “easy” means running a bit slower through hills. I was happy with my easy pace but even more so with my heart rate. I was able to keep my average heart rate at 134. In September last year I started focusing on improving my aerobic zones. I had run hard for most of my run and as a result my body would quickly jump to my anaerobic zone. My assessment tests also showed I wasn’t burning much fat. In September I focused more on heart rate – back then averaging 134 meant I was running slowly at 12:45 minute miles. Today I averaged 11:50 – slow, but a faster slow.

There are so many details and technical aspects to training. One would think “just go out and do it.” After all, isn’t that what Nike says? There are, however, things that we should focus on. If we don’t, something will happen and force us to notice. Injury, plateau pace, or even worse slowing down. Even though I work on the details, I still enjoy the activities. The fresh crisp air this morning on my run, the thrill of a downhill ride on my bike as well as the feeling of accomplishment of a climb, and the beauty of an early morning swim outside. I don’t ever want to get tunnel vision. As my friend has reminded me, I race because I train. I want to enjoy the experience of training, not just the thrill of the finish line.

In addition to the details, there are a few side effects. Battle wounds or scars or triathlon. Many runners, myself included, deal with the occasional purple toe nails. Sorry guys, us ladies have the advantage of dark toe nail polish! Heck, I have even painted skin where the nail once was…. Then there is the trade mark right greased calf cyclist have. A temporary mark, but a sign of a rider. My favorite is something I have mentioned before – the smell of chlorine on my skin hours after a swim. Call us crazy, but I don’t know a swimmer who doesn’t enjoy the scent. In an instant I am transported back to the pool.

Technical details, battle marks, and the joy of training – all important and integral to triathlon. And something I would hate to give up.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

8 thoughts on “Details, Battle Marks, and Joy

  1. I’ve gotten the greased leg and of course the chlorine smell but not the loss of a toenail… yet!

  2. I have every other foot ailment that you can have, but thankfully all toenails are still in place. The toenails look terrible, but they are hanging on.

  3. You know what I admire about you? You share your love of exercise beautifully. You accept the the ups and downs of training with aplomb. You rarely complain. And you truly appreciate (every single day) the ability to do what you love.
    Reading your blog makes me appreciate the things in my life that I typically would take for granted a little more. Thanks for that! 🙂

    • Jill, thank you so much for your kind words! I really needed it today. As I told my training partner, your comment was the shot in the arm I needed today.

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