I’ll post more later on where my head is at heading into my goal race of the season, but if you want a peek inside, this triathlete preparing for Escape from Alcatraz next week could pretty much be my twin. Only it’s not my neck that looks all busted up like that, if ya kno whud I mean.
Hey cycling and tri folks– Join three-time Tour of California winner and Olympic Bronze Medalist, Levi Leipheimer, in a webcast Monday with CLIF Bar. He’ll chat about his accident and recovery, Tour of California and Olympic hopes. And, if he likes your question, you’ll get a limited-edition signed poster!
Where: CLIF Bar’s Ustream Page
Twitter hashtag: #AskTeamCLIFBar
To watch: There’s no sign-up process to watch, the webcast is completely open to the public – just click the link above to tune in.
To chat: You can create a Ustream profile or log in via your Twitter account.
It seems like ages since I’ve posted here, but that’s going to change in 2012. (I know, I know…) The accountability is a welcomed friend, and I look forward to getting back to writing about the things that interest me plus (hopefully) doing my part to build a community of like-minded people here.
2011 saw lots of changes. Not only did I start back to full-time employment, I suffered my 7th stress fracture the same week. As I last posted in June, this started me down the path of triathlon, and I finished my first in August. Not as fast or as comfortably as I would have liked, but good enough to count. We also welcomed a new member to the FitLifeSF family, little LuLu La Bonte, a rescue schnoodle who street hustled us back in July and can totally run 4 miles with the best of ‘em. I could blame all the changes and a busy life for keeping me off the blog, but there’s more to it than that.
While I often found myself wanting to blast out a quick update or observation here on the blog, I also had the specter of my commitment to Yahoo! hanging over my head. Since they had rights to my content exclusively for 30 days, and I owed them articles every week or so, every little idea got put in the “maybe for the Yahoo! blog” pile and turned into a totally watered-down, least-common-denominator and not-at-all-“Smurf” missive about whether Zumba is right for you or why the HCG diet is a scam. *Yawn!* I’ll admit that I let it suck my passion for helping people on a path of fitness longer than I should have, and that’s a huge lesson learned for me. If you don’t love it, don’t do it!
Those who spent any time around me from June-September when I was learning to ride a bike are probably getting a good laugh out of that last line. I most certainly did not love learning to ride a bike. In fact, I dreaded every ride up until the moment I crossed the finish line at that first tri. So, by my own logic I suppose I should have hung up the bike after the second ride and never looked back (as so many people we coach who “just don’t like to work out” do), but I also learned that the real joy and the reward is in the achievement; in doing something you never thought you could do.
So, what do you think you can’t do this year? How can we help you get there?
As for my goals, I plan to undertake a train-with-a-pro program to see whether I can get good enough at tri to keep the rewards and achievements coming while still keeping up with work and personal obligations– and I also promised my mother I’d do the Tahoe Trifecta with her this fall. Rob is looking for spaces to train more folks here in San Francisco and is getting ready to embark on P90X2.
That’s enough waxing philosophical for now. There’s a week’s worth of turkey breast roasting in the oven and a mountain of workout clothes that need washing… 2012 is going to be a great one!