"I completely forgot that I would be actually moving to the East Coast from Hawaii..."
Months ago when registration for IM 70.3 North Carolina opened up I decided to register. I have always wanted to do the distance and I thought it was the perfect time to try it. I completely forgot that I would be actually moving to the East Coast from Hawaii sometime during summer and didn’t take into consideration the impact the move was going to have on my training.
Life in Hawaii was glorious and the perfect training environment. Beautiful ocean swims any day of the week, running any mileage you wanted with spectacular views, and outdoor cycling always a pleasure. I loved racing in Oahu, one of the fondest memories during the Honolulu marathon every year was running by my house on mile 15 and seeing my kids and neighbors cheering me on.
"Before leaving the island I trained some, not as aggressively as I should have and I regret it now."
Before leaving the island I trained some, not as aggressively as I should have and I regret it now. I wanted to live life as usual and not think that soon my tropical and fun Hawaii life was coming to an end. I didn’t want to train that early either for a race that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon.
Movers took my bike 2 months before I even left the island, but at least I could still run and swim. However, riding is my weakest point and is where I need the most work. When I finally arrived in NC I had to wait a long time for my shipment to arrive. I ended up not being able to ride again for a while. Not sure I even had enough time to catch up, but I will always try until the end.
"Slowly I am adapting to the new environment and embracing the beauty of my small town."
Adapting to the heat and humidity of the East Coast wasn’t easy. Hawaii gets very warm too, but the air is different and breathing is easier. For the first few weeks, running 3 miles outside was good enough for me. I was also missing the beautiful scenery and the oceans swims. I won’t dare swim in the nearby beaches with all the sharks around.
Slowly I am adapting to the new environment and embracing the beauty of my small town. Training has gotten more regular and organized. The local pool is great, discovering new running routes and getting lost around the historic neighborhoods is always fun. I never owned a bike trainer and I am still adjusting to the long rides in my living room.
I am going into my race with an open mind and with a strong heart. Not so worried about failure, because not showing up on race day would be worse than not being able to finish. I realize that for some people the dream takes longer, and some have to overcome many obstacles before crossing the finish line. I know I can because I know what it takes to conquer goals. Thankful for the journey and all the lessons learned.
Written By: Maricela Urcuyo, Tri Sirena Siren Luminary
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