Monday, March 17, 2008

Thank you, Matt

Without Matt being there, I think I would have DNF'd, but certainly would have done much worse. It was one of those days where the mind said go, and the body said nope. But as I climbed onto the bicycle, coughing and sputtering from the horrid pool experience, I remembered the pictures of Matt. I realized that if I competed with half the heart that he lived life with, I would win every damn race. So, I talked to Matt several times and felt encouraged. I wouldn't quit, because he didn't. I tried hard, and hoped to give my best. What I gave was what I could muster for the day, and I can say I went way beyond any comfort barrier. Thanks for introducing us, Nic.

So, that's my race report, in a nutshell. The details are on my training log. I went overall faster than last year, but I didn't do as well as I had hoped. I have some things to work on, but mostly it's my attitude and who I'm racing against: me. Vendettas and grudge matches (that aren't explicitly friendly) don't do anything but poison best efforts.

So thanks to Matt, and I'll try to do it better (and therefore faster) next time.

And thanks to Lisa for chatting with us on the way down, and to Marcy for FINALLY answering the phone. Man, we got screened like Justin trying to get back with Cameron. Thanks to Scott and Robin for calling to see how see did. Get better, Scott!

Mendy did great, and we had a good time. It was an awesome experience to be part of a great team, and celebrate as a group for individual accomplishments. We met Chris in person, and hung out with Eric and some other good people.

20 comments:

Non-Runner Nancy said...

It sounds like you did great. You beat your time and had some really inspirational thoughts with Matt. It isn't supposed to feel great, is it?

I think you guys rock. Don't be hard on yourselves. You did awesome. I'm praying I can finish this bad boy tomorrow. We shall see...

Mendy said...

Very nice post on your race! Like I've told you over the weekend, I think you did fantastic!! You all did, David. We're gonna have good races, and bad races. Since it was the beginning of the season, you've got WAY more good races ahead of you!!!

Eric said...

Dude you are a speedy machine and I hope you know that! I know your frustration and we've all been there a time or two! I know you'll overcome and blow it out the rest of the season. I hope to see you soon. Thai is on me!

Marcy said...

ITA with Mendy, you've got a lot of races ahead of you. Just more opportunities to improve (not saying that you need too :P) I mean shiznit, you improved on last year's time, right? Both you and Mendy are way to hard on yourselves ;-) You both kick ass!

An homegirl always has to screen her calls :P You do realize that this totally leaves you open to my random nonsense text/pics, right? HAHAHAHAAAA

J~Mom said...

I am sorry guys, Marcy does like to text pics. Send them that one you sent me of you in...oh nevermind better not.

DAVID!! You and Mendy both did fantastic!! If I hadn't been in that same mental spot I would have to b-slap both of you but I do understand that there is no worse feeling then what you described. BUT the season is young AND it's ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!!!! The next one is there for your taking!

Now eat dinner so I can have my guest callers for the night! :>P Still need think of a cute name for the two of you.

Jason The Running Man said...

Love the jerseys! Great job fighting through. You will be smokin fast this year and will do great. You and Mendy both did a great job.

Bob Gentile said...

Good Race David, Sounds like a few lessons learned and YES NO DOUBT the friggin MENTAL game is where it's at...

I have to KEEEEEEP telling myself that cause "whew" it would be tough for me to rely on just my physical ability--HAHA

Jess said...

Man, it's like you have a whole "tri-team"! Why was I not included?

nwgdc said...

Way to go, and thanks for reciprocating the inspiration! It really means a lot!

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Good job digging deep and finding everything that you did have on the day. Sometimes it isn't much, but as long as you give it what you do have...that's what really matters.

Lori said...

I'm so glad you were able to find some good inspiration. Some days it's all we are able to find. Your race looks pretty awesome to me, but I can totally understand not being completely satisfied with myself.

Like Marcy said...this is just the beginning. I can't wait to watch what you do this season :)!!!

Paul said...

It's still early in the season. Plenty of time to redeem.. And you still went faster than last year!! See you soon hopefully.

Gotta Run said...

I love the picture of you and Mendy that Jackie took. So glad you both got to race in the same event!! Cool when you can share that with your spouse.

Looking forward to all of your upcoming events. You and Mendy will have one busy, amazing year!!!

Gotta Run said...

Holy cow I just looked at your log for the race. You are smoking fast!!!!

Love all of the info in the log.

Gotta Run said...

Holy cow I just looked at your log for the race. You are smoking fast!!!!

Love all of the info in the log.

Gotta Run said...

Holy cow I just looked at your log for the race. You are smoking fast!!!!

Love all of the info in the log.

Gotta Run said...

Holy cow I just looked at your log for the race. You are smoking fast!!!!

Love all of the info in the log.

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Lily on the Road said...

Great race David, wow you never cease to amaze me, thanks too for all of the great information you pass along, I'm learning a ton from you Thanks!

Chris said...

Great to meet you and M at the race! Congrats to both of you for a great race even though you may have been a bit disappointed with your results! Great job!!

I look forward to seeing you guys again and maybe hooking up locally for dinner one night downtown.