“Where ever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because sometimes you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, sadly it’s true that bangups and hangups can happen to you. You can get all hung up in a prickle-y perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a lurch. You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump. And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.” - Oh the Places You Will Go, Dr. Zeus. Perhaps my favorite book to read to my kids.
Bangups and hangups can happen to you
Ups and downs are going to happen to everyone throughout life and my disaster of a race in South Africa pulled me quickly to a low point. Like in Dr. Zeus's book, "Un-slumping yourself is not easily done". After a couple weeks of feeling bad for myself, I tried to get my motivation back and find a goal to shoot at. I first thought I should refocus to Ironman Nice but quickly realized I was mentally not ready to go through the necessary process of building up for another Ironman so quickly. I took a step back and continued to train lightly but spent more time with my kids and also began the long promised project of building my kids a playhouse.
Un-slumping yourself is noT easily done
I kept my original schedule of racing 70.3 St. Pölten but after a couple weeks of ok training, our whole family got a nasty stomach virus and bam, I was in a Slump again. One week before St. Pölten I was still questioning how smart it was to be trying to race but I decided to go anyways and enjoy without any pressure of a result because perhaps it could be the kick I would need to get myself un-slumped.
The two days before the race in Austria were a blast. My travel companion and I went riding through vineyards and even got to take a private tour of a historic winery. I maybe even did a bit of wine tasting. I made sure to enjoy the travels but kept my eyes on the race with an open mind.
Race day rolled around and I was excited to get out there and enjoy no matter what my body said. Pretty quickly I found I still had a good feeling and was able to push well. As the race continued I felt better and better. I came home with a respectable 10th place finish and more importantly I had managed to "un-Slump" myself as well as very much enjoyed the day of racing.
You're off to great places, you're off and away!
My feelings after St. Pölten are best explained with a couple more quotes from Oh the Places You’ll: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go… you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!
24.7 - Ironman Switzerland (My mountain)