Be Careful What You Wish For...Leadville MTB 100

Training more miles than usual on my bike the past few months,  I find myself reflecting on the “defining” aspects of life.  Whether it is training for a race, being a mom, adjusting to a new career, my current pant size, relationship status, athletic ability, etc.  Chalked full of pride and ego, self-doubt and loathing, victories and failures, peace and frustration…What really defines me?

 

Panic set in when I got into the Leadville 100 lottery.  After that dissipated, I knew the right thing to do was hire someone to support my goals.  Without question I knew Julie Young would be the perfect coach to get me on track and focused on consistent training.  The past few years have been chaotic and busy, and I knew I needed someone to keep me “in line”.  For me, structure is a four-letter word!

 

The past several months have been an incredible time.  Being accountable to not only my coach, but to myself.  Balancing my time really well one day and not so well the next has given me a different perspective, in patience and acceptance of the process.  I have realized that inside of the structure of training has bubbled this amazing elixir of ease to the surface.  Ease in not always doing things right, but being grateful for the next day to try again.

 

Life is full of labels and definitions.  It’s not a number; a weight, finish time, salary, age, heart rate, speed, watts or even tire size.  It’s not a title or degree.  It’s not a membership to a country club.  It’s not finishing one race, it’s finishing each day with grace and humility.   It’s the opportunity to show up at the start line.

 

 raining more miles than usual on my bike the past few months,  I find myself reflecting on the “defining” aspects of life.  Whether it is training for a race, being a mom, adjusting to a new career, my current pant size, relationship status, athletic ability, etc.  Chalked full of pride and ego, self-doubt and loathing, victories and failures, peace and frustration…What really defines me?

Panic set in when I got into the Leadville 100 lottery.  After that dissipated, I knew the right thing to do was hire someone to support my goals.  Without question I knew Julie Young would be the perfect coach to get me on track and focused on consistent training.  The past few years have been chaotic and busy, and I knew I needed someone to keep me “in line”.  For me, structure is a four-letter word!

The past several months have been an incredible time.  Being accountable to not only my coach, but to myself.  Balancing my time really well one day and not so well the next has given me a different perspective, in patience and acceptance of the process.  I have realized that inside of the structure of training has bubbled this amazing elixir of ease to the surface.  Ease in not always doing things right, but being grateful for the next day to try again.

Life is full of labels and definitions.  It’s not a number; a weight, finish time, salary, age, heart rate, speed, watts or even tire size.  It’s not a title or degree.  It’s not a membership to a country club.  It’s not finishing one race, it’s finishing each day with grace and humility.   It’s the opportunity to show up at the start line.

Monica Grashuis,