Into the address bar I typed the letters “t-r”, and this blog didn’t even come up. It’s been nearly a month. Looking back, this has seemed to be the trend over the past few summers. Even when I began blogging, and wrote frequently about the deluge of things I was finding as a new Ironman-training athlete, spells of weeks went by in summertime without a word.
The same thing is happening this summer. I get up early, and when I’m lucky I also go to bed early. Some years, I have used this solitary sunrise-time for exercising, especially for long weekend sessions. This year, without a full Ironman on my roster and with very few real and long-term obligations daunting my days, I have decided to push myself toward completing another long-term goal.
So I get up most mornings and write. On the mornings I just don’t feel like it, I switch to caring for tasks, like the gardens … and going to work. Interestingly, it’s something that I can’t force, but can nudge by just starting to get into it and seeing where it goes. I’m more likely to stick with it when I dedicate several hours; I’m more likely to get into it when I’m able to let other things go. Working on a large project takes prioritizing. The Special Projects Division has to grab its budget from other things. Fortunately, there is often more margin than you think – especially in favor of something you want.
Why, then, has hardly a word appeared here on tritherapy.org? Because it’s been my goal to write the words not just as they pop into my head, or about a little something specific, or even in analysis of one idea. While I do enjoy sharing experiences with you, gentle reader, consider it my goal to soon share them in a different format. As with many other things, I’ve intentionally created a project for myself much harder than that – and now I’m in too deep to set it aside anymore. A bit at a time, it takes shape. I’d say I’m in the meat of the tough stuff, and moving toward T2. I’m very much looking forward to this finish line.