I’ve decided to revive my creativity muscles, which are less employed than the hypothetical kayak I’ve been pondering about purchasing, and write a blog. Most of which will be about my training as an elite athlete. Along with my training, random thoughts and occurrences will inevitably make an appearance as well. For now, I’m simply reflecting on a year of transitions, added wisdom, a few steps forward and a number of shortfalls that I have evaluated and adjusted in order to become a better runner.
I’ve recently surpassed my one-year anniversary of living in the state of 10,000 lakes. As I began this journey with nothing more than a u-haul full of stuff and a 2,500 mile, four day adventure with my dad, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had decided to leave behind a life of familiarity, friends and family, in an effort to chase a dream; A dream that has led me down a path of self-discovery and self-improvement for longer than I can remember. With a year under my belt, I must say it’s much different than what I expected. As I moved to the Twin Cities, I quickly became immersed in a new group of friends, teammates, coworkers, and a new life. With these new crowds, I developed somewhat of a new identity, including some new nicknames: one being affiliated with a nonprofit organization aimed at giving our food voting rights (Peta) and another based on my apparent inability to maintain a slower pace during recovery runs (Surge). I’ll let you guess as to which I like better. This new identity has done more than anything else to make me feel right at home as I have been quickly accepted and immersed into different social circles. I feel an overall sense of belonging here, much similar to my days at Davis, which can be largely attributed to the large network of support I’ve received since day one. From my on the spot employment at Run N Fun, to the few “man dates” I’ve been on with my chiropractor, I can’t imagine a better place for me at this moment in time. And as I watch my puppy, Remi, act like the little goofball he is, chase his tail only to discover that it’s once again evaded his grasp by switching from his left side to his right side; I realize what an uncanny yet pleasant experience this has been for me so far, as I too sometimes struggle to grasp the strangely simple reality of this new experience. I feel blessed to be able to share this part of my life with these new friends and family and look forward to see where this road may take me as I continue my training. Along with reflecting upon this transition in scenery I must reflect upon my training. My training must grow as well, in order for me to improve. In fact, my first year as a post-collegiate saw numerous opportunities to grow.
I had high hopes for my first post-collegiate season. However, overall I didn’t feel as strong as I would have liked and certainly did not race the way I would have been happy with. This ultimately came down to a few small training aspects that I had overlooked in my attempt to pursue my goals as a professional athlete. As I re-chalk my training for the coming season, I’m becoming more confident in the level of commitment that I set out to have in order to achieve my goals. This is a very long and winding road, but that won’t keep me from pushing myself to the limits in order to reach the finish line. Because even when I do reach that finish line, there’ll certainly be another in the distance that I must push myself towards.
As I build up my mileage for the fall, and begin to put in some workouts, I’m anxious to move forward with my training. With a solid group to train with, I’m quickly building an appetite for the upcoming competitive season and look forward to imparting whatever words of wisdom that I may stumble upon on all of you.
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