Monday, March 15, 2010

Beware the ideas of March

My good friend Melissa blogged about the Ides of March today and her confession that she'd accidentally typed in "ideas of March" into Google served as a source for a little mid-month inspiration for me.

I am, therefore, embracing the typo and offering a lesson, not only to you, but to myself:

Beware the ideas of March.

March is a strange time for us triathletes. The winter is opening the back door, ready to walk out. Springtime has its grip on the front door, ready to open and enter once Winter takes its final steps.

March is a little bit of both Winter and Spring, but really not much of either.

The excitement that the season ahead holds can make us want to do crazy, crazy things. As we get a taste of the warmer weather, we begin to imagine all the races we'll conquer, all the personal bests we'll set and how we're really going to get up early and train in the pre-dawn hours of the morning.

All of those ideas are great, but it's important to step back just a little and get realistic. For me, I want to do two races a month, but since I'm training for a half iron distance race, that's just not practical. I want to get up early in the morning and train, especially as it gets lighter outside. The reality is that I'm not a morning person - at all - and I must adjust my life to get the training done in the evenings.

So, follow your own Marching orders, just beware of the ones that run you into the ground.


KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

you are so right...March is a strange month. i'm loving the warmer weather already though and i'm getting that spring (no pun intended) back into my step. good bye winter!

Jennifer said...

Great words or wisdome! Happy training!

teacherwoman said...

Ironically, I was just thinking about my events schedule for the next few months... getting anxious and full of ideas but having to step back and be realistic!

ShirleyPerly said...

Yeah, I hear ya on that one. For some reason I thought it'd be a good idea to do a half iron in March before the weather got too hot. Now I realize such an early season race was perhaps not the best of ideas as I don't feel I have had enough time to prepare!

PS - How did your Ironman Challenge go?

Missy said...

I'm like Shirley, early season racing isn't all it's cracked up to be! This weather is killing me but I do love me some DST.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I agree, one week is nice out, next is its freezing, it just makes more and more chomping at the bit

ciro foster said...

March is a wonderful month for an half tri-iron workout........really!!!!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

So true!! I can't help but think about upcoming races and goals! Great post!


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