Sometimes we just need to rant. Sometimes just the sheer act of ranting makes you feel so much better. Since I ranted a lot this week, I think it’s time to begin focusing on something other than what’s been irritating me lately.
With that in mind, I’ve decided that this weekend is all about resetting my attitude. It’s time to kiss this crankiness goodbye. My crankiness used to be cured with running, but since that’s not an option for another week I’ll have to find some alternative outlets.
My alternative to doing one last taper run for the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon or racing 4 Courts 4 Miler will be to dust off my bike and riding for the first time in (gulp) six months. Yep, that’s right – my butt hasn’t touched my Adamo seat since Nation’s Tri in September.
Have I mentioned lately that I really hate cycling? Too bad it’s the longest segment of a triathlon. I would be in hog heaven if races only consisted of the swim and run. But that’s not the way it is, so I’m – once again – going to give cycling the ole college try. Hopefully 2012 is the year I finally figure out what all of the cycling fuss is about.
I’m riding with a new group on Saturday, so cross your fingers I can keep up. I’d really like not to embarrass myself the first time out. Good thing this group is tapering for Costa Rica. (See, positive thoughts!)
In addition to the Saturday ride, I’m attending a nutrition clinic on Sunday morning. Nutrition – in addition to the cycling – was definitely a weakness last season. I need to learn how and when to fuel during a race so I’m not fighting fatigue or the dreaded bloat. Nutrition is a slippery slope, but it’s key to a having a successful race. If I learn any secrets, I’ll be sure to share them here.
And finally, this weekend marks the final seven days of my running respite! You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to lacing up my Brooks and hitting the pavement. It’s been far too long. In the spirit of keeping positive thoughts, I’m not going worry about whether or not I lost any of my running endurance over the past five weeks. I intend on easing my way back into my weekly mileage. The last thing I need is a more serious injury that completely sidelines my triathlon season. Slow and steady will be my motto.
Positive thoughts and fingers crossed.
How do you keep a positive attitude when things aren’t going to plan? What’s your advice for turning a crappy attitude around? Drop me a comment and let me know!