My Training isn’t Her Training, or Your Training.


Windy conditions have generated big waves on Oahu's east-facing shores.

As I am more exposed to athletic events around Hawaii, I cannot help but be in awe and compare myself when it comes to those who are always on the podium. The women are mothers, but their tummies are taut and their tiny shorts barely come up to their hip bones, their abs fascinatingly ripped. They are household names in the sports world, and I’m just getting familiar with them. What’s really cool is that most of them are very nice and a few are now my friends on Facebook!

It’s one thing to be competitive, and I am, but it’s another thing to know one’s limitations and make adjustments to achieve one’s personal bests. I know that by training alone, I don’t really push myself as I might were I to train with a group. When I swim, I kinda like it because when you’re in the water, even if you’re sharing a lane, there’s no conversation. It’s just what the coach wants you to do. And when we are riding our bikes, it’s impossible to have a conversation, especially on days like today because the wind is so fierce.

Because of all that, once again John and I got on our bikes and took to the hills. April will kick my butt if I don’t whip it on my own! The first thing we did today was climb Kamiloiki and Makapu’u, then we went to Diamond Head, and then back to Hawaii Kai. Here are our stats. They were really slow because John had a puncture. And for some reason Garmin removed the average moving pace from the stats pages, so we don’t know what that was. I am disappointed about that. I hope enough of us grumble enough to get it reinstated.

So what’s next?

  • March 24, Gerry Lindgren 3 miler at Kapiolani Park.
  • April 7, Ford Island Bridge Run 10k.
  • April 22, ANA Lanikai Triathlon by Boca Hawaii.
  • April 29, Haleiwa Metric Century.
  • May 19, Wahiawa Pineapple Run 10k.
  • May 27, Hibiscus Half Marathon.

And then the North Shore Swim Series and a few other things.

I like training on my own, I like being by myself (or with John), but I know it doesn’t really give me an advantage about learning what other people do or getting tips and advice from more experienced athletes. Maybe it’s because in 2012 I need to be more of an introvert when it comes to these goals. I feel like I need to prove something to me before I can be someone who can be part of a group. And the distractions of watching others keeps me from being 100 percent. If I train myself now to focus better, then maybe in 2013 I can start  participating in shared training experiences.

Of course I’ll share, here and on social media. That’s the kind of person I am. Oh, and you know what? I always write “LAVAGAL.NET” on my bibs. So if you see me out there…!