|View from Top of the World after riding up about 1.3 miles at an 11% average grade.
Lucho wanted hills that day. We found 'em, starting with this one!
So back to this month. First and foremost, I've made training a big priority. Once that's determined, there are clearly a lot of variables that go into the ability to handle more training. Here's what I think has helped me do more than ever before:
-Overall life balance. This is arguably the most crucial component. Last year I was still juggling some things that had me a little scattered, including finding a new place to live and maybe just too many work-related commitments. Not the case this year. I'm busy as ever, but it's smooth sailing and I feel in control and balanced...
|Sunset strength training & stress relief session.
|Drink green often.
-Support at home. It's nice to be living with someone who's also training for the same races :) Not only does it give me a fun training partner, but also someone with whom I can talk with about it all, as well as be dorks with on a Friday and Saturday night when we're trashed from training.
-Quality rest. I've made more of an effort to prioritize this, whether it's getting 8 hours of sleep as much as possible, or just taking scheduled breaks from work, etc, to reeeellllaaxxxxxx.
-People who have faith in me. I have some exciting (and new) partnerships going this year, and an amazing network of support. Gotta make 'em all proud!
-Good coach chemistry. It's so, so so important to have a coach I believe. And in my case, yes, it's true: things are going well with Lucho and I. In fact, I get to meet the guy face-to-face for the first time in a little less than a month! We'll be going to the Endurance Live Awards in LA Feb. 23 with the Endurance Planet crew! How fun!!! Anyone else going to be there??
-This is fun. Last but not least: I am DAMN excited for the season this year! I have some cool races on tap and it's going to be crazy fun. Which reminds me, I don't think I've mentioned my race schedule on the blog yet. You can see my '13 schedule by clicking here.
~~~I leave you with a few pictures....
|Post-run bliss feeling hot sunshine again after a stretch of abnormally
cold days here in SoCal. Too bad as I write this blog it's back to
rain and cold again, waaahh
|Farmer's Market treats: two giant organic kale bunches for $3!
|Special training partners, like Mom. Just as special is realizing
I have some good genes :)
|Keeping it real with quality organic food; not your typical mashed potatoes and pasta...
Free-range chicken. Mashed cauliflower. Artichoke hearts in marinara.
|Sharing a hoppy beer in my favorite glass after a hard training day.
And sunset, of course.