Last night was bad. Ive been having them a lot recently. One of those nights
where you keep waking up and saying to yourself "What am I thinking?
crazy? Ill never be able to do this."
When it happens I try and push these thoughts away but at times they seem to override
all thought processes. Certainly there will be a big mental adjustment that I will have to
make. I thought I had been able to get there but then life got hectic and I lost my
resolve and everything started spiraling downward.
I suppose I knew this might happen. Before big athletic events I would often go through
some moments of doubt. I think, however, that this is different because there are so many
events that are all so different. As soon as I get feeling good about one, I start having
doubts about another. When things were three months off I felt like I had plenty of time.
Yesterday was the one month mark. That means I should start finalizing my training a
tapering off. Now I really have to worry about anything Im not ready for.
Last night it was the quarters. I still havent run a hard one, nor found my
spikes, and my schedule looks as though I wont have time to rummage around my
parents garage because it would take a trip to Tahoe. This kicked off a chain of
negative thoughts that ended with me eating a tub (my name for a pint of ice cream). I
havent had ice cream since Hans birthday challenge and other than Reeds
challenge its the first time Ive swayed off of my diet.
Sometimes there is nothing like a good nights sleep to change ones
perspective. I fell asleep reading free diver Jacques Mayols Homo Delphinus and
awoke feeling much more positive. Mayol was constantly doing things that hadn't been done
before. He even had scientists telling him he would die if he tried. Makes my little quest
seem like, as Jack LaLanne might say, "pussy stuff". What were insurmountable
issues last night were easily solved this morning. A lesson is there somewhere--sleep a
lot, maybe? At this late date I must pay close attention to my hourly mental state because
controlling it will become the key to this success. It's getting to the point where I just
can't blow things off and re-adjust my schedule.