Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

Hey there!

The last time I wrote on here my dad was pretty sick and I’m happy to say that he’s doing great. I went for a run with him a few weeks ago and I was breathing too hard to sustain a conversation, which actually made me really frustrated. Maybe I’m extremely unfit or maybe he’s a superhero. Let's go with the superhero thing, plus we were at altitude which totally makes it harder. 

I spent most of December in Arizona at a training camp. It was a great opportunity to escape the cold and do some exercising in the sunshine. Joel has set up a fantastic group of athletes and it was neat to be living with all of them for 3 weeks. I have so much to learn from their wealth of experience. I left Arizona feeling a little more fit, a little more healthy, and ready for Christmas in the mountains. Canmore is the best little winter town and makes me the happiest of all places.

After a good few weeks at home I’m back in the swing of things in Florida, where I’ll be living for the next few months. The hardest part about training right now is I feel like I’m never going to be as fast as I used to be. The last time I raced fast was almost 20 months ago which is a really freaking long time. But, it’s not long enough to forget what winning feels like. It’s the most satisfying, exciting, indescribable feeling in the world. I want to do it again and that's what keeps me going. 

It’s also taking me a while to re-discover the fun of training hard. When I was winning races, training was really enjoyable. Did I race well because I was having fun, or was training fun because I was racing well? Probably a bit of both. It’ll take a lot of hard work to win another race, and it definitely won’t happen if I don’t find some enjoyment in the process. I can’t really force myself to have fun, but I’ve put myself in the best possible situation to let it happen. Great coach, inspiring people and a sweet place to train. 

Happy 2013 everyone!


@mountainCLYDE said...

Where's the Like button when you want it?! This time of year is always the most difficult for me, but ITU San Diego is right around the corner!

ChiMeng Ieong said...

Please don't forget this!!!
you need stronger than!!
Keep go! you are the best!
keep triathlon!!~

from Macao child~

Jean-Christophe Lagace said...

You're the best Paula, I have no doubt you'll win again! True inspiration, keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to see you racing in the next few years :)

Liz H said...

you are so lucky! you can get up everyday and do what you love. It's hard to get up at 4am and train when people tell sports are just for fun. It's more than that and I think you know it! You are unbelievable. Just keep going and remember why you started in the first place.

Joel said...

Based on your past accomplishments, it was pretty much a given that one of your parents had to be a superhero. Now we know which one! Best of luck to your dad in his continued recovery, and to you in your training!

Glenn Allen said...

Your efforts and both your past triumphs and tribulations are an inspiration for everyone I know. As your last post suggests it sounds like you're discovering or already knew you need to do this for yourself and not for the expectations of others. Good luck on achieving your goals and living your life on your terms.

Jose Antonio Ypiña said...

Mucho mucho ánimo querida.
Un saludo desde España.
Sometimes I think about you in order to train harder.
Jose Ypineapple.

Paula by Zoe

Juney Li said...

Hey Paula - You are my most favorite athlete ! ever ! You inspire me :)

I wish you all the best dear for all the races in the future.

You will win, I believe that !

Love from Thailand <3

Adrian said...

congrats on your weekends performance. right back in the mix!!

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William Lamothe said...

Dear Globetrotter,

Happy to read you are going good and you have excellent people around caring about every decisions & actions for enhancing your athletic life and performances.

I like that you and Burrell are in the school of thought of preventing rather than curing injuries. Congratulation for having that sense of prevention.

I feel you're quite strong, but also fragile as a rose. And it's not only feelings, it's facts and the history of your past few years.

I'm sending you my positive energy so you can firmly stand on your bones, muscles and joins. I like you Paula and I want to see you at the top again. Nothing less.

But one stride at the time, one strike at the time, one training at the time, one race at the time and one day at the time. Slowly but surely! Let's be patient!

A special blessing, Irish one, for this special day:
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun and find your shoulder to light on, to bring you luck, hapiness and riches. Today, tomorrow and beyond.

Happy birthday..xx

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