elisariva

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

December

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This morning we left Napa Valley by 7:15 in the morning to head back to San Francisco. My flight out of SFO was scheduled to leave at 10:30. All maps, GPS guides, and the hotel agreed – the drive is 1:45 and I should make it in plenty of time. Well, the drive took 3:30 as a result of rain. Seriously, I have had enough of California rain. Traffic was absolutely horrendous. Fortunately I called the airline and was able to change flights. I made it in time and now I am writing as I fly to Houston before connecting home. I had a wonderful trip. Yes, the marathon could have gone a bit better, but I have no control over the weather. San Francisco and Napa were fabulous. I had a longer than expected drive to the airport, I made it and I am on my way home. Half empty or half full? I say half full.

Usually I review goals and set new ones right around the first of the month. One of my November goals was to enjoy my vacation. I most certainly did and now I am catching up. Last month my greatest focus was training and tapering for the marathon. I am very pleased with how my training went. I was well prepared. Going into the race, I had serious doubts about finishing it with the weather conditions. Part of my training really helped me prepare for this race emotionally. I had done several hard and long speed sets that kept me pushing when I was not sure I could go on. As a result, I made it through the race using the same self talk, along with the encouragement of friends – including several bloggers.

Now looking forward to December. This is a recovery month for me. I plan on swimming, spinning, running, and strength training, but on a moderate level. I have quite a bit of assessing to do too. This month I will be working with my new triathlon coach to determine my levels in the three sports, expectations, and goals. Goals – this is going to take some soul searching for me. My main goals for December are to enjoy the workouts as I give my body a break from intense training, work with my coaches to determine a plan for the next several months, and most importantly appreciate the holiday season. With so much commercialism, fears of cliffs and crashes, and disagreements on how to agree – I want to focus on what was written thousands of years ago for this time of year. Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All.

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.

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